Post Show Sign Off…


So the time has come for me to do a post show sign off. It’s now a week since we did our last show and bid a fond farewell to The Sunset Strip. Can you believe that? A week already? 

But we had THE BEST TIME.

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We knew that we had fun with the show in rehearsals anyway, but getting it on stage with the set and our live band just took it to that next level that we needed. And when the audience came in, again, it took us to a new level.

My shoutout goes to Friday and Saturday night’s audiences who were on their feet, joining in, heckling in the appropriate places – it’s hard to explain if you haven’t been on stage to experience it, but energy like that gives the cast a new lease of life, an extra push 👍

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And it’s nothing special, more for my lovely cast… but I put together a little backstage video like last year. My plan was to have much more footage so I could do an interesting behind the scenes tour…but it was such a busy show, I spent very little time with my camera: so I failed MASSIVELY with that plan 😂 But at least I tried 😂 

There’s not much more to say other than a massive thankyou.

A thankyou to the incredibly talented cast for being a joy to share the stage with. A thankyou to the creative team and backstage helpers for being equally brilliant and hilarious. A thankyou to the SICK band we had (and I’m sure there will be several audience members who join in with this thanks too, as the eye candy was spectacular). And last but by no means least, our RIDICULOUSLY amazing Director and MD, Louise Dension and Jim Lunt. An incredible duo of whom so many have the upmost respect. Can’t wait to work with you again ❤️️ 

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And now, I sign off. It’ll be back to my regular blog posts from now on, for the first time in 4 months! God knows what I’m going to talk about, but thankyou to all those who have tuned in to HSAP’s ‘Rock Of Ages’ posts 😘 

Don’t Stop Believin’ 🤘

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Lynette x

P.S. All photo credit goes to Bob McLennan

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN…


(Today’s challenge Lynette – fit as many RoA song references into this post as possible – GO!)

Here I Go Again

I Wanna Rock because It’s The Final Countdown – IT’S SHOW WEEK!

I’m sure I’m not alone though when I say I Can’t Fight This Feeling of excitement for Rock Of Ages this week! The show feels like it’s in a REALLY good place, and now we’ve had chance to run it a few times and clean some sections, we can really just get on with having Nothing But A Good Time!

It’s such a feel good show, it’s just a 2 hour long party 😂 If you love comedy and your 80s anthems, The Search is Over because Rock of Ages ticks those boxes! We’re Not Gonna Take It if you don’t come and visit us – you need to get yourself to Harrogate Theatre in the Shadows of the Night between Weds 18th and Sat 21st. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

And HERE is this year’s promo vid! (Full disclosure, I’m not trained in the art of video editing – I’m just a dance teacher with a camera and a YouTube channel) 😂

So Come On Feel the Noise if You Want To Know What Love Is, and Don’t Stop Believing! 

Lynette x

P.S. I managed 11 song references – you’ll have to come to the show to find out what the rest are 😉

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The Cast Step Into Costume…


Arghhhhh it’s getting so close to show week now! With only a week to go, the cast stepped into costume for the first full run of the show.

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It’s always exciting to see the show run in costume, it suddenly feels real and things start to make sense – for instance, it’s been one thing to see Alex strut around in his cowboy boots for the last few weeks…it’s been another to see them paired with tight leggings, fur coat and long blonde wig. That’s right, you’re in for a real treat! 😳😂 

Not only is it good to see how it LOOKS, its good to see what does and doesn’t work with bits of costume. CAN I dance in those boots, IS my dress going to roll up, AM I going to be too hot in a jacket, IS my wig going to stay in place, CAN I do a lift safely in this costume without slipping. Not all of those are my issues can I point out, I’m just doing a lot of assuming here based on previous experience 😂 

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Not only that, it’s trying to work out your quick changes. If you’re mega organised, you’ll try and plan your costume based on how long you have to change into it. It IS easy to get carried away though, find the perfect costume and realise you have 20 seconds to change your entire wardrobe. Although from what I saw yesterday, the RoA cast seem to be on it, there weren’t too many panics! Of course, there are a COUPLE of issues, but we’ve got time to practice – and that’s part of the reason why we practice in costume 🙂 #OrganisedCast

And the final point to make – the show FEELS different. It adds another level; you can really start getting into it, and the characters come alive! It’s so much easier to rock out in boots and leathers than trainers and a baggy t-shirt 😂

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So to wrap up the costume post, what can you expect? Lots of leather, speedy changes, a few wigs and thigh high boots. And some angel wings. Oh, and some lightsabers… Yehhhhhhh that’s right, there’s a right exciting mix of stuff thrown into this show – it’s been creatively written 😂

ALSO THIS WEEK, HSAP were on Stray FM! Charlotte, Luke, Alex and our Stage Manager, lovely Liz, were talking to Beth about all things ‘Rock Of Ages’. If you missed, it, you can have a listen HERE

See you next week WITH OUR PROMO VID! So stay tuned for a sneaky peek!

Lynette x
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The Rock of Ages ‘How To’…


RIGHT ladies and gents, today I have a REAL treat for you! I’ve been looking forward to doing this ever since I got asked to blog for HSAP and I started thinking up ideas…

This week, I bring you our ‘How To:’ video! 

For the first time you get to meet ALL of the cast members, as well as see the most relevant rock moves/choreo in the show! Some may seem a little bit out there…but ALL of them are totally relevant and happen at least once on stage…after watching the video you can either choose to take that as a promise or a warning 😂 

I’m not going to say much this week, I want the video to do the talking! Happy viewing, and thankyou to the wonderful cast for just being themselves, going full out, and having fun whilst shooting the footage 😊  Oh, and please pretend the music is actually decent? Anything official or official sounding, YouTube told me off for. So this is as good as it’s gonna get from an amateur like me 😂

Don’t forget to book tickets so you don’t miss out! 

Lynette x
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Welcome to The Sunset Strip…


Post number 2 for Rock of Ages and welcome to The Sunset Strip!

By day, a hot, busy, mile-and-a-half stretch from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood, nose to tail with traffic. By night, it transforms. The snarling traffic is gone, and replaced by the roar of Harley Davidsons. The street is filled with Rock Stars and Wannabe Rockstars with big hair, big heels and a face full of makeup – and we’re not just talking about the girls. Bartenders pour as much Jack Daniels’ and Coke down their clients throats as possible, whilst those Wannabes rock out on stage in the hope of catching the attention of any music managers who happen to be passing.

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Enter Lonny Barnett, the narrator of our story. He introduces the strip, the Bourbon Room – where he works as assistant to bar owner, Dennis Dupree – and most importantly, Drew Boley: a busboy at The Bourbon Room, a Rock Star Wannabe and the Romeo of our story. After a little sing song, Lonny introduces Sherrie Christian: the Juliet of our story, who’s just moved from a small town in Texas to make it ‘big’ in the city. 

Elsewhere on the Strip, a pair of German developers approach the city’s Mayor to impress on him the importance of ‘clean living’. Much to the anger of City Planner, Regina, they try to persuade him to abandon the “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll” lifestyle of the Sunset Strip. 

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When Dennis learns the plan includes ripping down The Bourbon Room, he believes that bringing in Rock Star/Sex God Stacee Jaxx and his band Arsenal (who’ve just announced their break up) will help raise more money.

Skip ahead a few songs – (I’m not gonna give it all away, but Drew and Sherrie get closer, then further apart, then she leaves – standard ‘love story drama’ 😉 ). Enter Justice Charlier, owner of nearby ‘Venus Club’. Sherrie grudgingly accepts work as the otherwise known ‘gentleman’s club’.

As Act 1 closes, everyone is alone – Drew as an up-coming Rock Star, Sherrie as a dancer, Regina protesting the redevelopment and Dennis trying to save his club. And off you go to bar for a top up, singing ‘Here I Go Again’.

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There, my lovelies, is where I leave you. I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll just have to come and see the show to find out how it ends 😉 It’s not Shakespeare, I know that. But it’s a kick-ass, feel-good Rock show, which, not gonna lie, is hilarious too :’) You’ll be singing along in your seat to CLASSIC 80s anthems (please remember to do a vocal warm up though)… You’ll be having ‘Nothing But a Good Time’ as ‘We Build This City’ in the ‘Shadows of the Night’ – AND ‘Don’t Stop Believing!’ (See what I did there?) 😉 What’s not to love?!

Until next time,

Lynette x
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Post-Show Blues…


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It’s very strange waking up on Monday morning after show week. All the madness has come to an abrupt halt and you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. Show week is so intense, you go through so many emotions for so many different reasons (excitement, nervousness, anger, frustration, sadness, giddiness) and you’re so insanely busy you don’t have time to stop and think.

This week just gone with HSAP wasn’t my busiest – back at college, show week meant you were in the theatre for at least 12 hours every single day. THAT was intense. But there was also a lot of sitting around I guess. This week we were only called for evenings, but that meant we had so much less time! Still, whatever show you’re involved in, that feeling afterwards is going to be a rather empty one. The obvious realisation is that you won’t do these numbers with this cast ever again. But there’s also the smaller things, the small rituals you end up adopting as the show goes on and you get used to your track.

Rituals and routines like when you always see the same person at the exact same point in the show as you walk to the wings (and worry if you don’t see them). Or like when you come off from from a certain number and you head to the back of the wings rather than the stairs – all to avoid a collision with the person you know is legging it from stage right to get on in time. You just get used to how the show works, in all aspects. And in the days and weeks to come, you’ll miss the little things.

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You won’t stand in the wings and sing your favourite bits of harmony right before you go on. You won’t exchange words with the person you cross tracks with on stage. You won’t have that niggle in the back of your mind about that really quick costume change. You won’t DO that quick change you worry about. You won’t sing along to the same song in the dressing room as all of you get changed. You won’t worry about doing a pirouette and face planting in the pit (which there was a high possibility of on more than one occasion in this show). It’s a very strange feeling when a show ends. After all the build up and countless rehearsals, then, suddenly, nothing.

And then you also realise – ‘hang on, I used to spend 4 or 5 evenings a week in rehearsal. What on earth am I going to do with myself now?!’ Which is not uncommon for performers. So I guess it’s on to the next thing. Some will look for show work elsewhere. Some will find a new project to distract themselves. Me? I’m able to finally focus all my efforts on my job (and I’ve mentioned it before, but no, teaching doesn’t mean just turning up for a few hours on a night and having a boogie – there’s a LOT that goes with it). But I love that. I love when I’m able give something my full attention. I’ve loved my first few weeks of teaching, both at Studio 3 and Danceology. I love my job. But I WILL miss HSAP and Legally Blonde.

#DressingRoomLife video from my YouTube channel (Lynette Pickering)

It was an honour to work with such an incredibly talented group of people. The cast were amazing and as for the creative team – wow. I always loved doing these shows when I was in my teens, but now I have so much respect for these people too. They are truly amazing at what they do and I honestly do admire them. And the icing on the cake? We pulled off a good show. The reviews and feedback from audiences have been incredible. And that just finishes off the experience nicely. As with any show. Knowing you not only had a good time, but that you did your job and entertained people. Yes there were a few hiccups during a couple of shows, but that’s bound to happen. The overall experience was an immense one. And who could complain about a standing ovation?!

AND, for the first time in over a year, I got to perform on stage!  I cannot TELL you how much of an incredible feeling that was. All my Christmases came at once when I stepped out on that stage last Monday. I could gush on about that more, but I won’t.

So, cast and crew of Harrogate St. Andrew’s Player’s Legally Blonde – I shall miss you. Love and respect. #snaps

Lynette x