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St. Augustine's Musical Theatre Company

The UK Midlands' Award Winning Premier Local Theatre Company - Entertaining for 41 Years - 1974 to 2015

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SISTER ACT is on stage at Solihull Arts Complex all this week from 17 to 22 November, and we're delighted that the production run is SOLD OUT!

You can check for ticket returns at the theatre Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or with the ticket secretary on 0121 705 2789.

The Sisters (and brothers!) are ready and excited to bring this fun, high-energy spectacular to the Solihull stage. See you all there!

Some audience reaction to the first performances:

“Awesome show! All of you .. Brilliant!”

“Well done!! Fantastic show.”

“WOW!!! simply... Just wow!!! You are all brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed all of you and your performances tonight. Well done and enjoy the rest of the run.”

“We loved it.”

“Well done to the whole cast of Sister Act!!! The best show I have ever seen!! No wonder it's a sell out!”

“Fantastic show…Very entertaining & you should all be very proud of yourselves.”

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“Sister Act
is a favourite amongst amateur theatre society’s since the rights were released, it is a difficult show, with complicated harmonies, dancing and even staging! The team behind St Augustine’s Musical Theatre Company have taken on a beast and brought a brilliant piece of theatre to the crowds in Solihull.
With a fully sold-out run ahead, it is clearly an audience pleaser and
STAGS MTC has worked extremely hard on bringing this complex musical to life. A stellar cast of nuns are the centrepiece of this show, they are engaging, hilarious and utterly brilliant. Sister Mary Patrick is played with absolute gusto by Nicola Palfrey, with a beaming smile throughout and an endearing hyperactivity which really brings the character to life. Alice White also delivers a sterling performance as the timid Sister Mary Robert. Her voice effortlessly reached an abundance of high notes and her rendition of The Life I Never Led was perhaps one of the strongest I have seen on the amateur circuit.
Special mentions also to
Sarah Furmage as Sister Mary Lazarus who delights in her role, with excellent comic timing she garnered many a laugh from the packed-out audience. As well as a commendable performance from Rachel Pattinson as the Mother Superior, and Diane Bennett who was hilarious as the ‘crazy’ nun, Sister Mary Martin of Tours.
The male cast supported well, with
Kieran Corrigan, Davyd Bagby and Richard Haddock highly entertaining as the terrible trio of TJ, Pablo and Joey, led by a wily Richard Gosnay in the role of Curtis. Corrigan certainly has some suave dance moves! Another highlight was Nigel Jones who was fabulous as the Irish Monsignor and although a slightly nervy start from Robert Restell he confidently tackled Eddie’s big number I Could Be That Guy.
It is of course the leading lady that really shines. Such a demanding role for any performer,
Loretta Parnell became Deloris with some fantastic acting and a powerful voice. One thing that you could not fault about her performance was her diction, some jokes that sometimes can get lost to an audience, she delivered excellently.
There were unfortunately times where the pace dropped, mainly due to some complicated staging, but the cast dealt with this exceedingly well and tried to regain the pace as quickly as they could. The beauty of this musical is that it is packed full of toe-tapping numbers that instantly lift the spirit and this ensemble were not afraid to take these big numbers on. Harmonies were crisp under the musical direction of
Stephen Powell and Liane Hughes brought the big numbers to life through carefully crafted choreography, which was well-executed by the entire cast. All under the directorial hand of Veronica Walsh it was a beast to tackle, but tackle it they did.
STAGS MTC and all the best for the rest of the run.”
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2016 PRODUCTION - 9 TO 5 - The Musical

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!

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Our production for November 2015 is the brilliant new musical

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!


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.
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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.
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Our June 2014 production of Stepping Out was a big hit with the audiences and has now won the NODA Best Drama Award 2014 (West Midlands Region 6) at the awards ceremony held on Sunday 19 April. Read more on the 2014 - Stepping Out page, and see some rehearsal photos.

“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.
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'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.
NODA Long Service Awards

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).
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NODA Representative Joyce Eyre, Lawrence Conway and Producer Veronica Walsh
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NODA Representative Joyce Eyre, Sandra Simpson and Producer Veronica Walsh
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NODA Representative Joyce Eyre, Mark Hughes and Producer Veronica Walsh
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NODA Representative Joyce Eyre, Gill Salter and Producer Veronica Walsh
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40th Anniversary Year!

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!
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We are excited to announce that our 2013 production of West Side Story won the Best Musical Award for West Midlands Region 6 at the NODA Awards Ceremony held on Sunday 6 April 2014 at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall!

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).
2014 Productions - Stepping Out and Kiss Me Kate
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2013 Production - West Side Story
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Our production for November 2013 was be the fantastic West Side Story.

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.
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St. Augustine's MTC's Producer, Veronica Walsh, has been given Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's prestigious Civic Honours Award for Creative Arts for 2013. The award was presented by the Mayor of Solihull. This recognises Veronica's hard work and dedication to theatre over the past thirty years, predominantly with St. Augustine's MTC, but also with others. Congratulations Veronica - we are all proud of your achievement!
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Meet The Production Team

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Meet The Committee

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