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BIRMINGHAM PERFORMERS SET TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS IN THE GARRICKS SECOND COMMUNITY MUSICAL

26 June 2017

DREAMING


A musical version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night’s Dream will take centre stage at the Lichfield Garrick in early August. The Dreaming is the second Community Musical produced by the theatre, following on from the success of 2016’s production, The Hired Man. Over 70  talented local performers from across Staffordshire, the West Midlands and beyond are now deep in rehearsals including several cast and crew members representing Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.

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Chris Gilbey-Smith (42) from Solihull who plays Angel in the show said: “I trained to be a lawyer and worked in the legal industry for 15 years before deciding to pursue a career as an actor. I have always been involved in local theatre since I was young and up to the age of 40, I was still dreaming of a career in theatre which I am now finally pursuing. The Dreaming is a fantastic opportunity to work with an extraordinary team at the Lichfield Garrick and mix with a diverse range of people of all ages.”

Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Tim Ford, The Dreaming incorporates cast and crew members from all aspects of the local community who are offering their expertise in making this production including West End and Broadway musical director, Angharad Sanders, and co-director Craig Sanders, who directed Crimes Against Christmas at the theatre last December.

 

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Tracy Cattell (39) from Sutton Coldfield who is the Stage Manager for The Dreaming further added: “It’s fantastic to see the Lichfield Garrick developing more producing theatre in my local area. I’m delighted to be able to contribute my professional experience to the committed company of the Lichfield community musical. I’m a committed dreamer and I’m also fortunate to be very practical; this supports the logistics of making dreams come true.”

With music by Howard Goodall, the composer of such well-known theme tunes as The Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder, and lyrics by Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera), The Dreaming was originally commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre in 2001 to rave reviews. The show has a distinctly spooky edge, mixed with superb comedy and of course as you would expect from Howard Goodall some glorious tunes. It's a time for dreamers....

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