Meet Lonny…


Welcome back! Today we meet the guy who guides us (cast and audience) through the show…

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Ed Leigh

Character name:
Lonny Barnett

Tell me a bit about your character:
He’s the ‘narrator’ of the show…kind of. He’s Dennis’ right hand man, eccentric and over the top. Rarely serious, always crazy. Oh, and every now and again he sings a bit.

Favourite song in the show and why:
‘Heaven/More Than Words’ – because I think it’s just epic. It’s like eating *insert well known and popular pizza brand here* but for your ears.20182659_10155685145148013_1289005225_n
Favourite dance move in the show:
The ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ Chumbawumba Hump.

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage:
Panto years ago, I ran on from one side of the stage, tripped just as I came out, and slid across the front of the stage on my stomach like a penguin – straight into the other wing. The audience thought it was all planned… Only the cast knew better. ūüėź

Favourite pastime out of theatre:
Playing either tennis or badminton, or going full nerd and playing some video games.

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:
Because we have a sexy Rock God in cowboy boots and I get chased around the stage with my trousers down by a man holding cans of whipped cream. These reasons are also being used as a pre-warning for my family when they see it (Sorry Mum).

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Told you there were some funny stories worth waiting around for¬†ūüėā¬†Next week, we meet the Rock to Ed’s Roll… (see what I did there)¬†ūüėČ

Lynette x

 

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Meet Sherrie…


Welcome to the second of our ‘Meet the Cast’ posts. Today, I introduce you to our lovely leading lady!
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Name:
Beth Stevens 

Character name:
Sherrie Christian

Tell me a bit about your character:
She moves to the sunset strip to follow her dream of being an actress. 

Favourite song in the show and why:
Definitely ‘Here I Go Again’. The harmonies in that song are just insane and with everyone joining in for the end of Act 1, it will be an¬†electric¬†number!

20206171_10155685129703013_1967725736_nOur leading man and lady: Beth (as Sherrie) with Chris (as Drew)

Favourite dance move in the show:
I¬†actually¬†haven’t¬†had the chance to dance¬†myself¬†yet, though¬†I’m¬†sure there’ll be lots of crazy stuff for me to do when it comes to ‘Anyway You Want It’, can’t wait for that by the way! But¬†I¬†love Drew’s rocking out in ‘I Wanna Rock’.¬†

Most embarrassing moment ever on stage:
Oh god, well once when I was about 16, I was in a show called ‘South Pacific’. And for some reason they thought it was a good idea to put me in a¬†stars and stripes bikini whilst doing a dance on the pretty steep rake of the Theatre Royal (the rake is the name for the gradient of the stage – it’s higher at the back, and slopes down towards the audience). Already a¬†catastrophic mix, throw some very slippy character shoes¬†into it – I ended up¬†completely decking it every single night, no matter how hard¬†I tried to stay up right. Fortunately it just looked like¬†I was meant to be the clumsy dancer so¬†I think I¬†got away with it in the end.¬†

Favourite pastime out of theatre:
Definitely¬†photography, me¬†and my boyfriend¬†spend lot of our days off going on photo missions. My¬†camera is one of my favourite belongings and¬†I’m always trying to do different things with photography to try find something that¬†I’m good at. Hopefully¬†I’ll find it one day.¬†

Why you should come and see HSAP’s RoA:
The music! It’s nostalgic and honestly the score is amazing and also the cast is brilliant! It’s going to be an incredibly fun show, to be a part of but¬†also¬†to watch!

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Thankyou to the gorgeous Beth for that! Next week, we meet Lonny. Definitely worth keeping an eye out, that’s a funny one¬†ūüėā

Lynette x
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Wrapping Up For Summer…


It’s the summer holidays (for some, every time I’ve updated the other half on how far away summer is, he’s said ‘Yeh for YOU!’ ūüėā¬†Sorry hun¬†ūüėā).

Nevertheless, summer is definitely upon us, which means rehearsals for Rock of Ages have been put on hold. And, although I wasn’t at the last rehearsal because of work, from what was happening the week before, the show seems to be in a good place! We’re making our way through the show from the beginning, rather than jumping between different scenes which means we can all really get to grips with how the show is going to work, and see it take shape.

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Rehearsals have differed between singing with our Musical Director, Jim Lunt, and floor rehearsals with our Director and Choreographer, Louise Denison.

One of the first lessons the dancers learned (and I know I mentioned it in my last blog post before my HSAP posts started)…KNEE PADS! Knee pads are our friends in this show ūüėā¬†After the scrapes and bruises that followed our first rehearsal setting the opening number…Yeh. It was not pretty¬†ūüėā¬†Totally worth it mind you, we are LIVING.

The biggest lesson learnt in singing rehearsals (apart from when in doubt, rock it out) – is that we have the most incredibly talented cast, we really do. And I’m not the only one to say it. Our principles are insane, its such a joy to sit in rehearsals and hear them belting out those anthems we love so much. If you don’t come to the show for anything else, please just come to hear them sing. Coz it’s SO good.

20197083_10155685135978013_1933454661_nThe company in rehearsal with our MD, Jim Lunt (not pictured)

¬†I don’t know about the rest of the cast, but I’m already eager to get back into rehearsals and carry on powering through. There’s such a good vibe with the company and coupled with the amazing show we have, it makes for an incredible few hours on Tuesday nights.

My plan, seeing as we don’t have ongoing rehearsals to report on, I’m going to introduce you to the cast ūüôā I gave you a bit of a show synopsis last week, so you’ll be able to put faces to names, learn more about the characters and the wonderful people playing them. AND you’ll get to see more rehearsal photos too, so you can have a nosy at what we’ve been getting up to! First up, our lovely leading lady.

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So watch this space, I’ve already had our principles fill in a questionnaire, and some of the responses are¬†guaranteed¬†to make you laugh…so they’ll defo be worth a read!

Sending love to all at HSAP, have a lovely summer ♥

Until next time…

Lynette x
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