Again joined by Theatre1 alumni and friends our Christmas concert this year brought our usual blend of contemporary musical and Christmas favourites.
I Love You Because
Set loosely on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice I Love You Because tells the story of finding love in New York. A wonderful comedy, with contemporary score.
Because It’s Christmas
Given our really small cast for I Love You Because we took a slightly different format this year, and invited Theatre1 alumni to join us for what turned out to be our best concert yet!
Sempre Fe – do or die. Our 2016 production was Dogfight. Set in San Francisco ahead of deployment for a group of young marines, Dogfight tells the very human story of going to war.
Mistletoe and Musicals
Our second concert, again the last Sunday before Christmas. Each year we try to break new ground and bring songs from new and contemporary musicals, as well as some wonderful arrangements of better known classic Christmas songs.
Songs For A New World
Our first production, in 2015, was Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle. Each song is about one moment – that moment when you have to decide.
4 Days To Go
Our first Christmas concert, and the start of something of a tradition now at Theatre1, where on the last Sunday before Christmas we bring a blend of the classical and the contemporary to ward off those December blues.
David Reynolds and Laura Foxcroft
In 2008 David Reynolds and Laura Foxcroft met as the incoming production team for a local Stafford youth group, putting on Seussical the Musical. They enjoyed working with each other, and had the same drive to develop talent in young people, and strive for excellence.
They went on to produce Children of Eden (which won two NODA awards), Les Misérables, Footloose and West Side Story.
Knowing West Side Story was the last show David and Laura were scheduled to do together an idea formed. As they prepared for opening night of West Side Story, in a brief moment in the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford - in that one moment - the idea to run their own theatre company was born.
Just one year later Theatre1 opened Songs For A New World, by Jason Robert Brown, and have now produced their second show - Dogfight, and their third, I Love You Because - all shows receiving excellent reviews. Each year Theatre1 also produce a Christmas concert, to give the new cast a chance to get to work with each other before rehearsals start once again in January. Our next show, Theory of Relativity, is another song cycle, based around the connections between people.