Webber's Barnado musical up for grabs; Amateur Stage.
The Really Useful Group has joined forces with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) for the Champagne-breakfast re-launch of The Likes Of Us, the musical whose creation involved the beginning of the collaboration between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber 43 years ago.
The show, telling the story of Thomas John Barnardo, the philanthropist, who died in September 1905 at the age of 60, was composed in 1965. It was Lloyd Webber's first musical, but was not performed until 2005 when a production was staged at his Sydmonton Festival, the summer arts event held periodically at his Hampshire country house, Sydmonton Court.
Interestingly and 43 years later, the BBC is now claiming the world premiere public performance for itself, based on the recording made at the Mermaid Theatre, London, and due to be broadcast on Radio 2 on Friday, October 21. It features the BBC Concert Orchestra and a cast headed by Stephen Fry as the narrator.
NODA is now involved because the Really Useful Group is going to make The Likes of Us available in the autumn for amateur production in 2009 before its professional release.
The musical's central character is the man who found world renown by rescuing children he found living on the streets. The organisation he founded bears his name.
YOUNG actors from Wolverhampton's Central Youth Theatre (CYT) are back home after travelling to Austria to take part in an international theatre festival.
Twelve young people aged 14-18 went to the Focus Festival in the village of Berg im Drautal on the borders of Austria and Slovenia, where they presented Tracy's Tiger, an adaptation of an American novel by William Sarayon.
Now that they are home again, CYT members are starting preparations for the group's 25th anniversary.
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