Full Casting Announced For 2018's World Renowned From Page To Stage At Southwark Playhouse
With rehearsals starting today, the full cast has been announced for Aria Entertainment's prestigious festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage (FPTS), which returns with gusto for a 6th successful year from September 2018 at London's Southwark Playhouse. Jane Deitch has cast the 37-strong company, who will each star in one of the seven brand new musicals featured in the 2018 festival.
Leading the cast of The Astonishing Times Of Timothy Cratchit is Felix Mosse (Aspects of Love, Les Misérables) who will be joined by: Barry James (Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables); Beverley Klein (Fiddler on the Roof, The Beggar's Opera); Jessie May (Hair, Mamma Mia!); Rebecca Bolton (Spring Awakening); Gavin James (Sweeney Todd, Whistle Down the Wind); Nicholas Mclean (The Book of Mormon); Cornelius Clarke (The Beaux' Stratagem, Juno and the Peacock) and Jake Small (Mamma Mia!, Shrek).
The full cast for Cult! includes: Genevieve Nicole (Pippin, Guys and Dolls); Ashley Samuels (Fun Home, Motown); Michael Storrs (The 39 Steps, Impossible); Janet Kumah (The Bodyguard the Musical, Dancing in the Streets); Laura Mansell (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert); Josie Kemp (Les Misérables); Robbie Shepherd-White (Once, Flashdance) and Miles Western (Pageant, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).
To Paint The Earth's cast includes: Fred Haig (Follies); Natalie Dunne (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens); Rose Shalloo (The Selfish Giant, A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer); Michele Moran (Into the Woods, Alice Underground); Gary Tushaw (The Mousetrap, Les Misérables); Lauren Lebowitz (Footloose, Godspell); Sam Peggs (Sunset Boulevard, Around the World in 80 Days); Dale Rapley (The Addams Family, Wicked); Simon Oskarsson (Return to the Forbidden Planet); Kai Spellman (Slaves of Solitude, Imogen); Lottie Johnson (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Ashley Knight (Frontier of Farce, Grand Hotel).
The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit will be directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, with musical direction by Nathan Jarvis, Cult! directed by Amy Corcoran with musical direction by Phil Cornwell and To Paint The Earth directed by Michael Howcroft, with musical direction by Nick Barstow. All will be presented as rehearsed readings.
The remaining musicals, Villages, Benjamin Button, Smoke and Never Change, will be performed by a repertory cast as part of a showcase evening directed by Bronagh Lagan, with musical direction by Marcus Adams. The cast includes: Simbi Akande (Ghost, A Feast of the Gods); Rosemary Ashe (The Phantom of the Opera, The Witches of Eastwick); David Bardsley (The Grinning Man, Titanic - The Musical); Will Carey (It's Only Life); Adam Linstead (Les Misérables, Broken Wings); Emma Salvo (The Toxic Avenger, Sincerely, Mister Todd); Lawrence Smith (All The Angels, The Divide) and Benjamin Stratton (The Navigator, Boxed).
With over 150 entries from across the country and internationally, each new musical submitted the show title, lyricist/composer/book writer, a short synopsis and three record tracks and scenes from the show, which were then fully assessed by the From Page To Stage expert literary team who carefully selected the fantastic shows for the 2018 festival.