We are sad to hear of the death on 25 June of one of our former members Noel Carroll. Noel was very active in the earlier days of St. Augustine’s MTC and played a number of principal roles including Billis in South Pacific (1988), Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (1990), Shrank in West Side Story (1991) and Buddy in Follies (1997).
The name Carroll was a significant force in the history of St. Augustine’s MTC in the 1980s and 1990s, with Gary Carroll and Mandy Carroll also playing numerous principal roles. Noel will be remembered as a larger-than-life character with a great sense of humour, sometimes unpredictable (!), but who gave unstinting loyalty to the productions he was involved in.
Our sympathies and condolences go to Noel’s family - Pat, Laura and Claire - and to brother Gary and all of Noel’s extended family.
We are excited to announce that our November 2016 production will the brilliant new musical 9 to 5.
Based on the well-known 1980 film of the same name, the stage show has a sparkling score written by Dolly Parton, who also wrote the lyrics. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards, a Grammy and 15 Drama Desk Awards, 9 to 5 has all the ingredients for a great show to perform and a great night out for the audience.
Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. The music is most definitely a ‘Theatre’ score, not a ‘Country’ score, and includes the Oscar nominated title song from the film.
Pushed to boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains ‘otherwise engaged’, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.
This high-energy show features three central female leads, two lead males, plus other roles, and a large ensemble with plenty of opportunities for chorus and dancers. With its jubilant score and characters, 9 to 5 is the perfect show for everyone!
See the Future Productions page for a synopsis of the show and to watch the trailer for the recent UK Tour production. Keep an eye out here for more details as they become available!
Our production for November 2015 is the brilliant new musical SISTER ACT.
Based on the film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, this will be a premiere production for Solihull and the area. Tickets are on sale - see the Tickets page!
TWO FURTHER PERFORMANCES ADDED ON SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER!
Thanks to everyone who attended the recent audition sessions - we had a great turn-out, particularly from all those wanting to be a nun! The cast list can be seen on the Current Productions page.
We are thrilled to announce that Loretta Parnell has joined the company to take the lead role of Deloris van Cartier in our November production of ‘Sister Act’, to be staged at Solihull Arts Complex.
Loretta’s previous stage experience will bring a wonderful dimension to the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version of ‘Sister Act’. We welcome Loretta warmly and know that she’s going to be just ‘Fabulous Baby’!
Loretta will be joined by Rachel Pattinson as Mother Superior. Sister Mary Robert will be played by Alice White, Sister Mary Lazarus by Sarah Furmage, Sister Mary Theresa by Alison Tumber, Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours by Dianne Bennett. Deloris’s backing singers Michelle and Tina will be played by Laura White and Charlotte Costello.
Curtis Shank will be played by Richard Gosnay, Monsignor O’Hara by Nigel Jones, Eddie Souther by Rob Restell, Joey by Richard Haddock, Pablo by Davyd Bagby. TJ will be played by Kieran Corrigan.
“What a great show. Well done everyone, a fab night of entertainment with lots of laughter.”
“Wow…..it was brilliant!! Please pass on my congratulations to ALL the cast.”
If you enjoyed Stepping Out and Kiss Me, Kate, please come to see our next production - the fabulous and hilarious SISTER ACT. Rehearsals are now underway and this promises to be a really exciting production. Tickets are available now through the theatre Box Office on 0121 704 6962, the ticket secretary Betty Keyte on 0121 705 2789 - or by booking online.
More details can be found on the Current Production page.
'Another Op'nin, Another Show' - the performance week of Kiss Me, Kate ran from 18 to 22 November 2014 and was a big hit with the audiences! Here are a few comments:
“Brilliant show! Very professional, with strong characters and lots of humour. This was the first night so it'll probably get even better!”
“…you were fantastic... Great character work well done.”
“Top notch first night performance of Kiss Me, Kate at Solihull Arts Complex. Well done St Augustine's MTC.”
“Saw the opening night last night and it was absolutely fantastic. A must see!”
“Enjoying a night at the theatre watching ‘Kiss Me, Kate’….Great show!”
“Congratulations STAG, a really lively and funny show with the excellent standard of performance that you always give.”
“Great performances from cast & orchestra tonight of ‘Kiss Me, Kate. Thank you .”
“Congratulations on such an excellent performance tonight. It was a truly awesome production. The opening number of the second act took my breath away. Orchestration and vocals were excellent, choreography dynamic and all the cast were awesome.”
Ben Field played Fred Graham/Petruchio, Chloe Rawson played Lilli Vanessi/Katherine. Bill Calhoun/Lucentio was played by Gavin Whichello and Lois Lane/Bianca by Gemma Smyth.
More casting, show photos and information for this production can be found on the Current Production page.
On Thursday 20 November 2014, several of our notable members were presented with long service awards from NODA representative Joyce Eyre. Congratulations go to former Chairmen Lawrence Conway (40 years) and Gill Nevin (15 years), current Chairman Sandra Simpson (15 years), Gill Salter (25 years) and Mark Hughes (20 years).
St. Augustine's MTC celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2014. Alongside two exciting productions in June and November, we also held a grand Anniversary Ball on Saturday 18 October 2014.
The Anniversary Ball took place at the St. John's Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull. This was a fabulous evening, with a 3 course dinner, a live band and two special guest performers to celebrate 40 wonderful years of St. Augustine's MTC. Many current and past members and friends of the Company attended.
Photos of the evening will be uploaded here soon!
A big thank you to all who were involved in this amazing production - cast, production team, committee, backstage team, orchestra - everyone that helped to make St. Augustine's MTC an award winning company once again!
Pictured receiving the award are Liane Hughes (Choreographer) and Veronica Walsh (Producer/Director).
Congratulations to all who were involved in West Side Story. An all-around great production which has been tremendously received with great feedback. Thanks to everyone who came to see it!
"A fantastic opening night to West Side Story...." "It was brilliant...." "....great show...." "Well done to the cast of West Side Story for an amazing opening night..." "...saw a stunning West Side Story last night...."
See more on the 2013 - West Side Story production page.