Carousel: Bustin’ Out All Over The Auditorium In June

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Carousel: Bustin’ Out All Over The Auditorium In June

Silhouettes Musical Theatre to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at The Auditorium in June

With unforgettable characters like Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, great songs and one of the most moving and surprising plots in the whole of musical theatre, Carousel remains one of the best loved shows in the Broadway musical canon.

Opening on the midway of a travelling fairground as it visits a small Maine fishing port, the show has songs like You’ll Never Walk Alone, Clambake and June Is Bustin’ Out All Over with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. It was their second collaboration, successor to the enormously successful Oklahoma, and many in the industry thought that after such a debut their second work was bound to struggle in comparison. How wrong they were.

It was first performed in 1945 which makes it four years younger than the Silhouettes Musical Theatre, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this year and who will be bringing Carousel to life at the Auditorium between Wednesday 1st and Saturday 4th of June.

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Formed in 1941 under the Chairmanship of Arthur R. Fenner, a Director of Watmough’s (which later became the United Biscuits Factory at Great Coates) the Silhouettes Operatic Society’s main aim was to bring a little light relief to the people of Grimsby and Cleethorpes during the Second World War.

Because of the shortages imposed by the war, the society was unable to put on lavish stage shows and so for seven years they created and produced the Silhouettes Review which was performed at the Theatre Royal, Cleethorpes.

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The society’s first stage musical, The Student Prince was produced in 1948 by Florence Lucas. The company performed at the Theatre Royal until 1964, when they had to move to the ABC (Ritz) Cinema in Grimsby Road. In 1973 the Silhouettes moved again, back to the sea front and on to the Pier Pavilion where they opened with Fiddler On The Roof and there they stayed until the pier closed in 1983. From there the Silhouettes moved to the Ice House in Grimsby until the opening of Grimsby Auditorium in 1996 where they performed until 2010. Since 2010 they have performed at the Grimsby Institute and Grimsby Central Hall, but are delighted to be returning to the Grimsby Auditorium this year.

We were lucky enough to get an invitation to meet the cast at their press call at the Fishing heritage centre and judging by the enthusiasm of all concerned it should be a great show.
Jordan Carlton stars as Billy, in his last Silhouettes role before he heads to the Royal College of Music in London to continue his vocal training and Kate Prior, a maths teacher at the Tollbar Academy, who is in her twelfth year with the company is Julie, and they’re both feeling excited and perhaps just a little daunted by their roles.

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“It’s a fabulous show”, says Kate. “It’s more than just a musical. It’s got drama, comedy, loss. It really does have everything.”

Jordan is concentrating on his own role. “Billy is a complex character” he tells us, “which means there’s a lot of acting involved. And the music is difficult too. The whole thing is a real challenge but it’s a great show.”

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It sounds like something to really look forward to and tickets are available from the Auditorium website at www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

The Silhouettes can be found at www.silhouettes.moonfruit.com

This article also features in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Young’s Announces Its Sponsorship Of The Mariners For 2016/17 season

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Young’s announces its sponsorship of The Mariners for 2016/17 season

With this season building to a terrific climax, play off places at stake and a trip to Wembley already booked for the FA Trophy Final on May 22nd, you might think everybody at Blundell Park would be too busy living in the present to be planning for next season but of course that’s not the way these things work.

Behind the scenes the club is a hive of activity making sure that everything is in place to give the team the best possible chance in the next campaign so there was an air of anticipation about the ground this week when the announcement was made that Young’s will be continuing as the Mariners’ major sponsor for the 2016-17 season.

Young’s have been the club’s official sponsor for thirteen years and this year will see the renaming of the upper and lower stands to the Young’s Upper and Young’s Lower stands. We went down to see the announcement and afterwards we got to chat with Pete Ward, Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood Limited, about the sponsorship and why he feels it is vital for Young’s to be actively engaged in the community, through its support of Grimsby Town and also via sponsorship of local community groups and events such as the Carnival.

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“I’m very happy to announce Young’s Seafood Limited’s continued support for Grimsby Town Football Club,” he told us. “We’ve supported our local team for over a decade now and the partnership is incredibly important to us. As part of our Fish for Life Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, Young’s Seafood is committed to playing a positive role in the communities in which we are based and our relationship with the club is a key part of this commitment. As our award winning Corporate Social Responsibility Programme reaches it’s tenth anniversary this year, we’re thrilled to celebrate by opening the newly named Young’s Upper and Young’s Lower Stand at Blundell Park. We look forward to proudly watching our team continue on the path to success next season.”

John Fenty, Director, Grimsby Town FC, said “Grimsby Town Football Club are delighted that Young’s Seafood Limited will continue to support the Mariners for season 2016-17. We are honoured to have such a well known brand give their support to the club and the wider community.”

The announcement follows the successful partnership between Young’s Seafood and Grimsby Town over the Christmas holidays when the club players stepped in to support the Young’s Seafood Cleethorpes Winter Wonderland stall. At December’s first ever Cleethorpes Winter Wonderland, the two helped to attract over 30,000 people to the volunteer led event. Young’s Seafood ran a hugely successful stall with the help of local volunteers and GTFC’s top players who met with local fans and raffled off signed shirts and other prizes.

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This article also features in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Acclaimed Banjo Player Dan Walsh Headed To Barton Ropery

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Acclaimed Banjo Player Dan Walsh Headed To Barton Ropery

Acclaimed as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh has three critically acclaimed solo albums to his credit and his new album Incidents And Accidents is receiving excellent reviews. He’s playing Barton Ropery Hall on Saturday April 30th as part of the Dan Walsh Trio.

“Having made his name as half of the duo Walsh and Pound and as a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as making guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician has thrilled audiences across the world,” said Mick Harding of Mad Dog Folk.
“His wide ranging and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the Urban Folk Quartet including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard”.

Walsh’s banjo playing has been described by Radio 2 as second to none on the UK scene while Folk Radio describes his music as a perfect blend of breathtaking playing and a gift for telling a story.
Dan also retains a passion for outreach work and through the prestigious Live Music Now scheme has performed throughout the UK in hospices, hospitals, special schools and care homes as well as teaching banjo both in person and over skype.

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Tickets are £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be purchased at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

This article also features in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Vintage Lincs Expands To Offer Retail Spaces For Local Traders

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It’s a busy time down at our favourite classic style emporium, Vintage Lincs, as they expand their premises to create an exciting new retail environment.

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Sarah Brown is already well known for her recycled second hand furniture and upholstery, and as the Lincolnshire agent for Frenchic furniture paint, but with her expansion into what was formerly the offices of Graham Chapman Classic Cars on Wilton Road, Humberston she’s got plenty of room to expand her stock and to offer retail spaces for local traders and craftspeople.

It certainly looks like being an exciting venture and we’ll keep you posted on progress and if you think you might be interested in selling through Vintage Lincs then give Sarah a call for more information.

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Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

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Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack top the bill for a fantastic day of blues at The Engine Shed

There’s a terrific line up at the 3rd Lincoln Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival which takes place at The Engine Shed on Sunday 15th May.

Topping the bill are the always excellent Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, firm favourites of rock and blues fans everywhere! Webb put the first incarnation of the band together back in 1965 and they’ve been playing, with some variations in the line up, ever since. They show no sign of slowing down, continually touring the UK and Europe to packed houses and rave reviews. In 1997 Stan received the Blue Heart Award for services to Blues in Germany, the previous recipient had been BB King. During his career Webb has played and recorded with the very best, including, Stevie Wonder, Howling Wolf, Taj Mahal, Peter Green and Canned Heat, whom he joined on guitar for a UK tour following the departure of the band’s guitarist…………what else is there to say!

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The bill will also includes –

Corky Laing – legendary Mountain drummer, songwriter, singer and raconteur.

The Stevie Nimmo Trio – featuring one half of Scotland’s highly respected Nimmo Brothers. Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 20 years!

Albany Down – with their stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rock and roll mixed with a bit of R&B, jazz and funk, all with a heartfelt vintage sensitivity and contemporary aggressive energy!

Red Butler – winners of the UK Blues Challenge in 2015, this year will see the band represent the UK in competition with 20 other European countries, at the 6th European Blues Challenge in Italy!

The Rainbreakers – a melting pot of musicianship, blending classic blues with modern styles.

Tickets are available via www.lincolnbluesfestival.co.uk, at The Engine Shed or at Solid Entertainments in Wellowgate, Grimsby. There’s also a card hotline, details on the poster opposite.

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This feature also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden

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Beautifully crafted theological sheds go on display at Grimsby Minster

During April and May, Grimsby Minster will be hosting the first of a series of free exhibitions as part of the Art In The Minster programme, supported by Arts Council England.

The first exhibition Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden features the work of artist Richard Bartle and is brought to the town by ‘our big picture ltd’ in partnership with Grimsby Minster and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.

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Richard Bartle is a contemporary artist living in Sheffield who makes sculptures, installations, videos and paintings about society, current affairs, religion and politics.

Originally created to respond to the former church building housing 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, the piece consists of twelve scale model garden sheds, each with an interior modelled on the worship place of a different world religion.

Each sculpture has been extensively researched and is lovingly hand crafted, wherever possible using the same materials that would be used in their life size counterparts. Details include hand woven rugs, painted ceilings, hand turned furniture and glass light fittings.

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The work reduces the usually grand architecture of churches to a more private space, inviting the viewer to make their own minds up about what it is to have faith and the differences and similarities between differing beliefs and cultures.

Deities at the Bottom of the Garden runs until 21st May, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Lady Chapel in Grimsby Minster. Admission free.

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This feature also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

A Dazzling Coat Of Many Colours

Joseph review

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Grimsby Auditorium

April 12th 2016

It was a splendid night at the Auditorium on Tuesday as a new revival of Joseph, directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, came to town, bursting with energy and full of great tunes, holding the audience spellbound and building to a terrific climax with almost the whole Auditorium up and dancing.

The first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly Joseph isn’t a perfect piece of work but it has enough original melodies among the pastiche, and enough dry wit to show that the fledgling team had the potential to be something special.
In a show whose main schtick is wilful anachronism Rice cracks some great jokes, not just with an Elvis Pharaoh and calypso Canaanites but also with sharp wordplay like Joseph’s explanation of the fat cows thin cows dream –

“All these things you saw in your pyjamas,
Were a long range forecast for your farmers.”

Got to love that.

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Joe McElderry approached the role of Joseph with huge enthusiasm and if anyone had any doubts about the vocal qualities of TV talent show contestants they were settled right from the start, both by his opening rendition of Any Dream Will Do and by the arrival of Lucy Kay as the narrator.

(Note for those who don’t watch – McElderry won the X-Factor in 2009, seeing off Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon in the final while Kay is a classically trained singer who was runner up in last year’s Britain’s Got Talent.)

Special mention too to Emilianos Stamatakis who made the most of his scene stealing role as The Pharaoh and to Henry Metcalfe who doubled up as Jacob and Potiphar.

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Staging, costumes and choreography were all excellent and a special mention should go to the sixty or so young performers from Stagecoach Theatre School who had worked hard for three months under the direction of Diana Whitworth to be ready for a show whose set they didn’t see until the afternoon of the showday!

How did it feel to be on the stage with Joe McElderry? Fantastic seemed to be the universal response.

“It’s been great” said Maisie Bebbington, 14, “and it’s made me much more confident. It’s something I shall remember forever.”

It’s not the longest musical in the world but that was more than made up for by the willingness of the cast to perform a high energy reprise which seemed to include most of the songs from the show and had the entire audience up and dancing.

Great fun all round and if you’ve got a free night this week we’d highly recommend you pay this excellent show a visit.

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Joseph is at Grimsby Auditorium until Saturday 16th with matinees Wednesday and Thursday, two shows on Friday and three on Saturday.

Go to www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk for more details and to book tickets.

The Look Up Festival – review

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It has been a busy few months for Fusion Creative as they’ve moved into their new home at St Martin’s Church on Scartho Road but all the hard work of is paying dividends as the church has played host to a string of successful events that have included poetry and music sessions, a sold out production of Tales From Narnia and, during the past week, their inaugural major event, the Look Up Festival, which came to a stunning climax last night with a performance by internationally renowned singer Barb Jungr.

Inspired by the Japanese Sakura Matsuri which welcomes the arrive of the cherry blossom each spring, the Look Up Festival has seen a blend of poetry, music and craft that has celebrated the interdependence of the social and natural worlds. Highlights have included a workshop with poet Maria Garner, a young people’s poetry and music recital and an invitation to submit haiku which brought more than 140 entries (nearly 2,500 syllables), each of which was displayed in the church on a piece of blossom on the cherry trees in residence.

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Friday night saw a performance by Coritani Taiko of a new work by Josie-Anne Gray, Thirteen Moons, an account in poetry and percussion of a year in the life of the moongazing hare, a figure from both Japanese and European folklore, followed by a set of fine americana and folk from The Life And Times Of The Brothers

Hogg and the festival was rounded off on Sunday night with Barb Jungr’s visit. Her show, featuring a selection of songs from the collected works of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, was played to an almost full house and saw Jungr tease new shapes and resonances from classics such as Blowin’ In The Wind and It’s Alright Ma as well as introducing the audience to lesser known works from both songwriters such as Cohen’s Land Of Plenty and Dylan’s Things Have Changed.

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Upcoming events at Fusion include an Evening with Henry Priestman on Saturday 11th June and a Circus Spectacular weekend from Friday to Sunday July 1st – 3rd. You can find out more on Facebook or by visiting www.fusioncreative.org.uk

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This review also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Interview: The Peoples talks to Joe McElderry

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Joe McElderry won the X Factor in 2009, beating Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon in the final. Four albums later he’s starring In Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and will be at the Auditorium between the 12th and 16th of April.

Hi Joe, thanks for joining me today. Tell me how you got involved with the show and what was it about the part that attracted you to it?

It was last summer and Bill Kenwright came to me and asked me if I was interested and would I like to have a meeting about possibly playing Joseph. And it all went from there really and here we are! It’s such an iconic role, everybody knows it and the nice thing about it is, and this is just from talking to people, it’s seems to be a lot of people’s first experience of musical theatre. A lot of people have told me it was the first musical they saw as a kid. And it passes down the generations. And out of all of the things I’ve done in the last few years, there’s a real buzz around this. I’ve never had so many people come up to me and tell me how excited they are that I’m going to be Joseph, so that’s really nice.

So you were familiar with the show when the offer came up, have you seen any previous productions?

I saw it a couple of years back with H from Steps and he was great. I wasn’t that familiar with the show when I saw it and when this came up, I had forgotten it but as soon as I heard the songs again, I remembered and I am more than familiar with it now! The good thing about it is that it’s all songs and I’m used to learning songs very quickly so I’m not too panicked. Even the colours – I’ve done it! And I did it on national television this morning, live on air! And I got it right!

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Philip Schofield, Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond have all starred as Joseph, you’ve got some big shoes to fill!

I am feeling the pressure a little bit because it’s such a famous role, that’s the thing about it. And people have a big attachment to the show, people who have seen it many times before, they have certain expectations. So I am a little anxious, but I always get like this before I do a show, whether this or this X Factor or even my own tour, but then once I get into rehearsals I’m fine. It’s before that that I get a little apprehensive because I don’t know what to expect. But once I get told where to stand and what to do and when to sing, I’m absolutely fine.

Have you already got a favourite song?

I love Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do of course. I also love Pharaoh’s Dream Explained, I enjoy singing that, it’s quite bouncy.

Winning the X Factor in 2009, it’s what most people will know you from – is it a badge you still wear proudly?

The thing with the show is, and I know it’s had a bit of a decline recently and people have been slating it in recent years, but without the profile it gave me, a lot of the things that I have done, including Joseph, probably wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the X Factor. The X Factor led to one thing, which led to another, which led to another, so I’m glad I was able to be a part of such a big show. Because I think it is an iconic show and it’ll probably go down in British TV history as one of the biggest watched shows in the country. So I’m proud to say that I did and I was a part of it and I won it!

You’re also the third X Factor contestant to star in Joseph after Lloyd Daniels and Amelia Lily were on the tour last year – do you think TV talent shows are a great platform for singers to branch out into other musical fields?

The thing is for me, I’ve done this for six years now, I’ve made four albums, had my own tours, and the nice thing I feel I’ve been able to do with my career, especially in the last two or three years, is to have a bit of diversity, which challenges me as well, something different to what people expect me to do. And that way, I don’t get bored, and I don’t think the audiences that come and see my shows do either, because I always try and do different things. And sometimes I do things that people wouldn’t think I would do, which is a nice thing.

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Do you think being cast as Joseph has taken people by surprise then?

I thought people would have been quite shocked but everyone has been telling me how perfect I am for the role, and that they’ve been telling me for years to do this (laughs). But that might just be because I’m called Joseph (laughs).

Are you still in touch with anyone from the X Factor?

Oh yeah. I mean, we’re not on the phone to each other every day but we see each other every now and then. And in this industry you bump into people all the time at events and parties. And I do hear from Cheryl (Fernandez-Versini – who mentored Joe on the X Factor), we have kept in touch, and while we don’t speak on the phone all the time, it’s nice that we’ve managed to keep the relationship. We’re from the same neck of the woods after all, opposite sides of the river, but same part of the world.

So you won that, then Popstar to Operastar, and then The Jump – we all know about your X Factor journey but how did you get involved with the last two?

The Jump was a last minute thing really, I actually stepped in for someone and I was on holiday at the time in a nearby place, so that all happened by surprise. And I am a skier, I’ve skied for years, but half the things they make you do on there, well, it’s not all about skiing. Half the things we did I’ve never done before, like speed skating and tobogganing. And then Popstar to Operastar was really nice because I got to learn a different genre of music. I actually though I’d be so bad at it that people would think it a bit of a joke, so I saw it as a fun project. And then it just went to another level! Everyone was asking me to sing Nessun Dorma at my concerts! And then I signed a classical deal with Decca and it spiralled from there, it was completely unexpected.

You’re on the road with Joseph until July, but you’re used to that having toured both with X Factor Live and your own concerts – how do you find being on the road?

I find that the first two weeks on the road are a bit out of sync because your body is all over the place just trying to get into some sort of routine. Certainly when I do my shows, and the same may apply with Joseph, it takes a good couple of weeks for your voice to settle into the material. But then after a while it just becomes second nature and then your body just goes with it and you find your routine. The nice thing about Joseph is, I’m normally in a different place every night, which is exhausting. But with this show, we’re in places for a week so that allows you to settle for a bit, you’re not getting up at 8am the morning after a late show to do a six hour drive on the bus to the next venue. And also, there are breathers in this. When I do my shows, I’m normally on stage for a couple of hours with no break, but with this, although I have some big numbers, I’ll have moments when I’m off stage to take a breath, get myself together before the next scene, give myself a slap (laughs) and then I’m back on!

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Is there anywhere on this tour you’ve not visited and are looking forward to seeing?

I’ve never been to Southampton before and I’ve heard that’s a brilliant venue. I’m looking forward to Manchester because although I’ve been to the city before, I’ve never performed in the Palace theatre, so that’ll be exciting. And of course, Sunderland, I’m looking forward to going home and seeing the family. They are excited and a lot of my friends really are too. It’s funny because having been in this industry for six years now, they’re all used to what I do and me doing different projects. Sometimes they don’t even mention anything and they’ll wave me off with a “see you when you’re back.” But with this, everyone has mentioned it and how excited they are, there’s a proper buzz around it which is really nice.

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Joe McElderry was talking to Georgina Littlejohn

This interview appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition