Shrek

“Shrek the musical” Auditions

Let your Freak Flag fly and join us for “Shrek the musical” auditions.

We will be holding auditions on Sunday 7th July 2019 from 9am for principals and chorus at Hessle Town Hall, with the evening of Monday 8th July reserved for call-backs if necessary. Everyone is welcome to audition, whether they have performed with us before or not, so please feel free to spread the word!

Once the show is cast, rehearsals will take place between late September 2019 and April 2020 on Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sundays as needed. We are currently looking at rehearsal venues and will confirm details at a later date.

Below are links to documents which will hopefully provide some initial information you need in preparation for the auditions. Once you know the role(s) you would like to audition for, please complete an audition form and send it to me (email or post to the address on the form) and I will send the relevant material to you (audition songs/dialogue as appropriate).

Note: There are a couple of roles for children, but we will not be auditioning children until later. We will post announcements once dates have been agreed. This will likely be in October. Interested children are welcome to attend the sing-through evening on Monday 10th June.

Nearer to the audition weekend (about a week before) a timetable will be sent and posted on the HTC website to let you know when you will be needed.

Documents available to download:

Synopsis
Audition process
Character Outlines
Audition Form
Supplementary Information – PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING AN AUDITION FORM

Good Luck and I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Todman
Musical Theatre Secretary
karen.todman@hessletheatre.co.uk

The Wedding Singer

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for ‘The Wedding Singer’.

We are very excited to announce the cast as below;

Robbie – Ian Appleyard

Julia – Georgia Wormald

Glen – James Galer

Holly – Sophie Robinson

Linda – Pauline Milroy

Sammy – Christian Brodie

George – Cameron Rudland

Angie – Georgina Garton

Rosie – Elaine Windass

Ensemble
Rachel Adamson, Sam Blakey, Aaron Bolton, Rachel Bower, Holly Brigden, Tim Drage, Kevin Hickson, Nathan Major, Lucy Marshall, Carla Navarro-Walker, Katie Osindeinde, Abigail Potter, Courtney Puckering, Abbie Renzo, Ryah Russell, Jono Wainman, Hannah Wilson

The standard was very high and it was great to see so many attend and put so much effort into their auditions. 

Sadly the cast cannot accommodate everyone, so it was inevitable that we would have to disappoint some people. We hope this will not deter anyone from auditioning in the future. 

Cinderella

30th November to 2nd December 2018 – Hessle Town Hall

Following on from the success of last year’s panto, Aladdin, Hessle Theatre Company are back to bring you a Christmas show full of songs, laughs and ADVENTURE!

 

Cast List

FAIRY GODMOTHER – Bethany Headland
CINDERELLA – Sarah Brodie
BUTTONS – Mark Jardine
CHANTAY + SASHAY (Ugly sisters) –Chris Holmes and Martin Beaumont
BARONESS (Ugly step mother) – Kevin Hickson
BARON – Neal Edlin
DIDDLES – Sally Hague
PRINCE CHARMING – Hannah Wilson
DANDINI – Nikki Wilson
CHAMBERLAIN – Luke Gillingham
ANNOUNCER – Tim Drage

Ensemble:

Aaron Bolton
Abbey Headland
Abigail Potter
Alice Kitchen
Alison Imrie
Allison Owen
Cameron Rudland
Dave Taft
Emily Calvert
Hannah Fallon
Luke Cardwell
Rachel Adamson
Sam Mills
Tim Drage

Aladdin

30th November to 3rd December 2017 – Hessle Town Hall

After the sell out success of last year’s SELL OUT panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hessle Theatre Company are back to bring you a Christmas show full of songs, laughs and ADVENTURE!

 

Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm – Saturday and Sunday at 2pm & 7pm

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

 

Tickets are ONLY £8 for adults and £5 for children under 16
Don’t miss this – book now!

Cast List

Abanazar – Mark Holehouse
Slave of the Ring – Simon Riley
Widow Twankey – Kevin Hickson
Wishee Washee – Luke Cardwell
Genie of the Lamp – Tiolina Puteh
Princess Jasmine – Lucy Marshall
Aladdin – Hannah Wilson
Empress Won Tun – Clare Crowther
Hose Mi Down – Abi Potter
Won Long Ping – Nikki Wilson
Won Long Pong – Olivia Stocks
Inspector Li Lo – Luke Gillingham

Ensemble:

Pearl Williamson
Alison Imrie
Aaron Bolton
Emily Calvert

Soho Cinders

Soho Cinders – Hull Truck, 4th – 8th September 2018

Robbie: Joe Spence
Velcro: Georgia Wormald
James: Christian Brodie
Marilyn: Hannah Wilson
Clodagh: Gina Garton
Dana: Rachel Adamson
William: Luke Cardwell
Lord Bellingham: Kevin Hickson
Sidesaddle: Sally Hague
Sasha: Lucy Marshall
Narrator: Mizz Gavinia Edwards

Chorus (Female):
Kerry Bailey
Emma Burgess
Alice Hemmingway
Hayley Hilton
Soraya Hussain
Abigail Potter
Sophie Robinson
Laura Suter

Chorus (Male):
Danny Barr
James Galer
Luke Gillingham
Owen Hyde
Mark Jardine
Joe Porte
Lee Roberts
Michael Stothard

 

Soho Cinders

Edgy, fun and deliciously naughty, Soho Cinders celebrates the capital’s most colourful district and is set to get London’s temperature soaring this summer.

When impoverished student Robbie becomes romantically involved with engaged Mayoral candidate James Prince, his lap-dancing step-sisters become the least of his problems! James and Robbie’s worlds collide forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending in this hilarious, satirical twist on the classic Cinderella story.

The potent mix of politics, sex-scandals and true love come together in this contemporary musical with an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight!

“Soho Cinders is packed with the best songs Stiles & Drewe have yet written, driving character, plot & wit in perfect harmony (in every sense)…”  Mark Shenton, The Stage



“In common with the entire audience, rose to my feet and cheered and cheered until I was hoarse.”  Stephen Fry

 

Made In Dagenham

Made In Dagenham – 19th to 23rd March 2019

Cast List

Rita O’Grady – Emma Rokahr
Eddie O’Grady – Joe Porte
Beryl – Katherine Fitzgerald
Clare – Georgia Wormald
Sandra – Sarah Brodie
Cass – Michelle Metcalfe
Jeremy Hopkins – Richard Foot
Lisa Hopkins – Hannah Wilson
Mr Tooley – Chris Holmes
Monty – Kevin Hickson
Sid – Maxwell Smales
Bill – Nathan Majors
Gregory Hubble – Mark Jardine
Ron Macer – Tim Drage
Buckton – Jonathan Wainman
Connie – Linda Burgess
Barbara Castle – Sarah North
Harold Wilson – Neal Edlin
Parliamentary Aide – James Galer
Parliamentary Aide – Luke Cardwell
Parliamentary Aide – Cameron Rudland
Cortina Man – Russell Fallon
Barry – Luke Gillingham

Children

Graham – Elliot Harley & Douglas Julian
Sharon – Imogen Wickens & Trudy Thompson

Female Ensemble

Abigail Potter, Alice Kitching, Alice Hemmingway, Alison Imrie, Carla Navaro, Dot Gilchrist, Elaine Windass, Georgina Garton, Hannah Colthup, Heather Hartley, Joanne Holmes, Karen Todman, Kate Wade, Kelly Lightfoot, Liz Carmichael, Naomi Quin, Natalie Houfe, Nikki Wilson, Pauline Simpson, Rachel Adamson, Rachel Gilroy, Sam Blakey, Sarah Lucy Penny, Sophie Robinson.

Male Ensemble

Cameron Rudland, Chris Holmes, Colin Thompson, David Reeves, James Aygun, James Galer, Joe Porte, Jonathan Wainman, Kevin Hickson, Lucas Meagor, Luke Cardwell, Luke Gillingham, Mark Jardine, Matty Millward, Maxwell Smales, Nathan Major, Owen Hyde, Phil Cooke, Phillip McKinley, Russell Fallon, Sam Mills, Tim Drage.

 


Made In Dagenham

“Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting new West End musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right.

Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.” © www.madeindagenhamthemusical.com

Cast of Hessle Theatre Company’s “The Baker’s Wife” take tips from real bakery

A few of our members from The Baker’s Wife company recently paid a visit to Jackson’s Bakery to get some bread-making tips ahead of the show’s run at Hull Truck Theatre.

With William Jackson Food Group being our main show sponsor for this production, we were thrilled to be invited to spend an afternoon with a long established, highly reputable local company.

Neal Edlin and Hannah Wilson, playing baker Aimable Castagnet and his wife Genevieve, went on a full tour of the bakery and even had a go at making their own bread. Our Chairman, John Drury, also accompanied them and captured some photos (displayed below) as a memento of the afternoon.

They also had a culinary history lesson from Jackson’s bakers Kevan and Katy, who taught them about the traditional bread making methods of the 1930s, the era in which is the show is set.

Neal said ‘We learnt such a lot, not only about the difference in bread making techniques over the last 100 years, but also about what an integral part of life a loaf of bread actually is! It’s really helped me to appreciate all the work a baker has to do in baking a perfect loaf!’

After spending time in the bakery Hannah commented ‘I now have so much respect for bakers – I couldn’t even roll a sausage shape out of dough! I’ve never seen so much bread in my life.’

All 3 of them had a fantastic afternoon at Jackson’s Bakery and we’re really grateful for the hospitality showed by Georgia and everyone else involved.

Victoria Kennedy, Marketing and Communications Manager at Jackson’s Bakery, added ‘We’re really pleased to have hosted Hessle Theatre Company and shared with them the bread-making knowledge and passion that we have here at Jackson’s.’

Don’t forget, tickets are now on sale !! Visit the Hull Truck website to book online!

The Producers

The Producers – 20th to 24th March 2018

Cast List:

Max – Neal Edlin
Leo – Joe Porte
Ulla – Sarah Brodie
Roger – John Ainsley
Carmen – Richard Foot
Franz – Nathan Major

Ensemble:

Christian Brodie, David Fry, Ian Appleyard, James Galer, Joe Spence, Kevin Hickson, Kieran Danby, Luke Cardwell, Luke Gillingham, Mark Jardine, Owen Hyde, Robin Siddle, Russell Fallon, Terry Halliwell.

Abigail Potter, Alice Hemmingway, Alice Kitching, Bethany Headland, Elaine Windass, Esther Williams, Georgia Wormald, Gill Cowper, Hannah Wilson, Isabel Walker, Joanne Holmes, Kate Wade, Katherine Fitzgerald, Kelly Lighfoot, Linda Burgess, Liz Carmichael, Lucy Marshall, Shirley Watts.

Dancers:

Kerry Bailey, Vicki Brownlee, Kayleigh-Louise Carter, Rachel Gilroy, Allison Owen, Sophie Robinson, Olivia Stocks, Karen Todman, Ellie Whiteford, Nicola Wilson.

 

 

 

The Bakers Wife

THE BAKER’S WIFE – 18TH TO 22ND JULY 2017, Hull Truck Theatre

“The Baker’s Wife” cast

Aimable – Neal Edlin
Genevieve – Hannah Wilson
Dominique – Joe Porte
Denise – Samantha Flanagan
Claude – David Phillips
Marquis – Chris Holmes
Teacher – Richard Foot
Priest – Terry Halliwell
Barnaby – Mark Jardine
Hortense – Nicola Wilson
Antoine – Joseph Spence
Doumergue – James Galer
Pierre – Luke Cardwell
Simone – Sarah North
Nicole – Rachel Waters
Inez – Yasmin Roe
Therese – Katherine Fitzgerald
Philippe – Nathan Major

Ensemble:

Francois – Luke Gillingham
Louis – Kevin Hickson
Camille – Christian Brodie
Gustave – David Fry
Madeleine – Sally Hague
Georgette – Lucy Marshall
Sophie – Emily Drewry
Gabrielle – Elaine Windass
Helene – Gill Cowper
Celestine – Isabel Walker
Marie – Liz Carmichael

The Bakers Wife

“The Baker’s Wife” is a fantastic romantic musical comedy written by Stephen Schwartz, the writer of such shows as Godspell and Wicked in conjunction with Joseph Stein, the man behind Fiddler On The Roof.

The bickering residents of a rural village in Provence, France in 1935 have been without a baker for seven weeks. They finally find peace and contentment in a newly arrived, middle-aged baker Aimable, and his attractive young wife Genevieve whom they initially mistake for his daughter. However, when Genevieve is lured away by a handsome young gigolo, the baker loses all zest for life and baking. When he refuses to bake, the villagers must put aside their differences and work as a team to bring Aimable and Genevieve back together. It’s in turns funny, romantic, poignant and joyously uplifting, celebrating the power of love, community and forgiveness.

This delightful musical showcases some of Schwartz best ever songs (including humorous chorus numbers, power ballads and haunting melodies) with a strong ensemble of quirky characters and many featured roles; it’s what Hessle Theatre Company does best!