Having The Time Of Our Lives With Musicals In The Park!
Wow! What can I say?
Posted by David Pibworth on 15/09/2020 @ 8:00AM
Co-producers and choreographers Scott Coldwell and Lucy Dean and their incredibly talented cast, Whitney Martins, Adam Lyons, Natasha Mould and Alex Brown, gave two outstanding performances on Saturday ...
It may have been the last performance at The Arches Theatre for 2020, but we certainly went out on a high!
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They kicked things off with The Greatest Showman, followed by a range of hit songs from 9 to 5, Chicago, Dream Girls, Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease and Dirty Dancing. With their slick vocals and choreography, they had everyone dancing and having the time of their lives! Can you believe they created and rehearsed this show in just two days? It shows how talented and professional this team is.
"There was so much energy and excitement from both the artists and the audience, which made the atmosphere electric!"
To add to their performance, Scott and Lucy gave the stage to young artists from The Academy dance school in Watford, who gave a spectacular performance of 'Ex Wives' from Six The Musical along with songs from the new Gloria Estefan musical, 'On Your Feet'. Solo artist, Zakk from Scott's dance academy, Pips, choreographed an incredible routine to Hamilton's 'Alexander Hamilton' and 'One Shot'.
Musicals in the Park was a few glorious hours of escapism into fantastic live musical theatre that I think we have all sorely missed. Take a look at our social media pages to see some great photos and videos from the event.
Sadly, that was the last performance of the 2020 summer schedule, but we certainly went out on a high. Thank you to Scott, Lucy and the team for a wonderful show. Thank you to all our audience members who came to support us and the artists at a time when we need it most.
"Finally, thank you to all the team at The Arches Theatre
who helped make the magic happen!"
I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved this year, and I can't wait to see what happens in 2021. We're already planning, so keep an eye on our website and social channels.
Until next time ...
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About David Pibworth ...
David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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