Pulling out all the stops for a music extravaganza

August 03 2018

STAPLE Hill-based St Mary’s Players are pulling out all the stops for their autumn show which celebrates the best of musicals both sides of the Atlantic.

They will perform 'West End to Broadway and back again’ at Page Hall Community Association and are hoping members of the community will turn out in force to support the local event.

One pound from every ticket sold, as well as a collection each night, will go to the charity Help for Heroes.

Director Gary Hall said: "The show will be a celebration of some of the most popular musicals that have been created on both sides of the Atlantic. 

"In the first half, we begin in London's West End, down the Lambeth Walk, and celebrate shows that began in the UK. It will include shows from Andrew Lloyd Webber, celebrating his 70th birthday, Roald Dahl's tales, as well as modern musicals such as Ghost and Billy Elliott.

"After the interval, we move to Broadway and stroll along 42nd Street to celebrate shows that began life on American shores. We start with classics like Sondhiem's Follies and Schwatz's Wicked, to fun shows like Book of Mormon and then bring it right up to date with Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, which comes to the West End next year. The show will be lively, fun and musically inspired evening for all to enjoy."

Member Sally Cummins said: "Although Page Hall Community Association has been established for around 40 years, we are very aware that many locals in the area do not know this venue exists. 

"Page Hall has been the home of St Mary's Players since the mid 1980s when St Mary’s parish hall in Fishponds was closed down virtually overnight. We have been rehearsing at Page Hall ever since and hold our autumn show there every year. 

"As a musical theatre company, we pride ourselves in the quality of our ensemble work and have some very talented members, some of whom have gone on to professional careers."

Next year St Mary's Players will be celebrating their 60th anniversary and are busy planning a very special and busy 2019.

West End to Broadway and back again runs from Wednesday September 12 to Saturday September 15 at Page Hall, Staple Hill, Bristol, BS16 4NE. Tickets are £13 and include supper. For tickets, call the box office on 0845 5199048 or visit www.smpmtc.co.uk