Director / Choreographer - Rob Stevens
Musical Director - Michael J Scott
Production & Poster Design - Aaron Cawley
Assistant Production Manager - Catherine Lewis
Stage Manager - John Bonney
Assistant Stage Manager - Dave Mullen
Lighting Designer - Neil Hampson
Sound Engineer - The Brindley
Wardrobe Manager - Lesley Silcock
Assisted by Neil Silcock, Carmel Middleton
Properties - David Crowther
Programme - Michael J Scott & Lindsay Watkinson
Front of House - Jean Williams & Volunteers
Sister Sarah Brown - Jennifer Deakin
Sky Masterson - Matthew Mellor
Nathan Detroit - Tim Jones
Miss Adelaide - Rachel Kirkbride
Nicely Nicely Johnson - Phil Danielson
Benny Southstreet - Neil Silcock
Rusty Charlie - Joe Youds
Martha Abernathy - Valarie Ball
General Cartwright - Sharon Leicester
Lieutenant Brannigan -Roy Youds
Big Jule - Michael Howard
Harry The Horse - Keith Hughes
Agatha - Andrea Jones
Hot Box Girls
Hot Box Band
Conductor - Michael J Scott
Reed 1- Beatrice Hubble
Reed 2 - Emma Haughton
Reed 3 - Briony Wells
Trumpets - Chris Snead
Trombone - Adrian Williams & Matt Krening
Keyboards - Jonathan Clayton
Electric Bass - Trish Gaskell & Stuart Gaskell
Drums/Percussion - Steve Jones
Performed at the Brindley Arts Centre & Theatre, Runcorn, Cheshire on the 17th - 21st April 2012.
A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon.
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
By arrangement with Josef Weinberger.
Directed by Rob Stevens and Musical Direction by Michael J Scott
By Michael Jones-McCaw
My first visit to Zodiac and I wasn’t disappointed with what they produced. Guys and Dolls relies on a cast of plenty of men who can sing act and dance – even though there wasn’t an abundance of men, it was staged well enough to go unnoticed and along with a cast of principals and an experienced company who kept the pace going at a hundred miles an hour.
Tim Jones as Nathan Detroit brought exactly the right amount of humour to the character and had an excellent on stage relationship with long standing fiancée Adelaide played by Rachel Kirkbride. Rachel had natural comic ability and considering this was her first principal role, she did a sterling job and I’m positive we’ll be seeing plenty of her in the future. Sarah Brown played by Jennifer Deakin delivered stunning vocals and a very feisty performance. I wanted to see more of the softer, more vulnerable side to the character which would have made her love for Sky Masterson much more believable. Matthew Mellor delivered an outstanding performance as Sky, his vocals were faultless and with such natural characteristics he was ideally cast. I particularly loved his rendition of “My Time of Day”
Phil Daniels was the campest Nicely Nicely I’ve ever seen however he brought an abundance of energy which was infectious. Leading ‘Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat”, this was a definite highlight for me with a superb piece of staging and company work.
I really loved the set which was worked beautifully so special mention must go to the crew. The magnificent musical score came under the direction of Michael J Scott and sounded just great.
Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks again for your hospitality.