Curtain Up! Light the Lights!

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Curtain Up! was the latest in VML’s successful run of musical theatre showcases. For the first time, we collaborated with another group on a full length Brindley main stage show. Community choir Frodsham Sings and their leader Ian Oulton worked with us over the course of a year to develop the show.  It took place on Monday June 5th on the Brindley Theatre Main Stage.

Act One

Circle of Life (The Lion King) – Darren Gibbons and Adam Choat with Frodsham Sings and Company

Oklahoma (Oklahoma) – Ian Oulton, Paul Couzens-McCue, Nathan Davies, Brenda Kenworthy and Frodsham Sings.

Oh What A Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma) – Ian Oulton

Kansas City (Oklahoma) – Paul Couzens-McCue, Nathan Davies, Brenda Kenworthy

For Good (Wicked) – Gemma Clarke and Amy

History of Wrong Guys (Kinky Boots) – Kirsty Walker

Go West (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) – Darren Gibbons, Mike Bignall, Lee Norwood-Green and Company

Always On My Mind (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) – Mike Bignall and Sam Bignall

Ascot Gavotte (My Fair Lady) – Frodsham Sings

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady) – Kaytie Jones with Lynn Toy

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely (My Fair Lady) – Kay Espley and Frodsham Sings

A New Argentina (Evita) – Jenna Highfield, Adam Choat, Drew Norwood-Green and Company

Peron’s Latest Flame (Evita) – Jenna Highfield, Drew Norwood-Green and Company

Another Suitcase In Another Hall (Evita) – Phillipa Mulholland with Drew Norwood-Green

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Evita) – Jenna Highfield

Hail Holy Queen (Sister Act) – Frodsham Sings and Company

Oh Happy Day (Sister Act) – Claire Choat, Frodsham Sings and Company


Act Two

Tradition (Fiddler On The Roof) – Paul Couzens-McCue with Company (Accordion – Kirsty Walker)

Diva’s Lament (Spamalot) – Lisa Ellams

The Song That Goes Like This (Spamalot) – Darren Gibbons and Helen Jenkinson

Wash That Man (South Pacific) – Caroline McKay and Nicola Hough

Nothing Like A Dame (South Pacific) – Adam Choat, Darren Gibbons, Rob Littler, Michael Clark, Jack Lovell Nesfield, Ian Oulton, Nathan Davies

Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific) – Adam Choat

One Night In Bangkok (Chess) – Jack Lovell Nesfield and Frodsham Sings

It’s A Fine Life (Oliver!) – Jayne Holland and Brenda Kenworthy with Company

Oom Pah Pah (Oliver!) – Brenda Kenworthy with Paul Couzens-McCue and Company

You and Me But Mostly Me (Book of Mormon) – Lee Norwood-Green and Drew Norwood-Green

9 To 5 (9 To 5) – Claire Barker, Claire Choat, Darren Gibbons, Kim Clarke, with Adam Choat, Martina Keith-Stewart, Rebecca Lightfoot, Kay Espley, Lynn Toy and Company,

God I Hate Shakespeare (Something Rotten) – Rob Littler and Helen Kiely with Frodsham Sings

Dammit Janet (Rocky Horror Show) – Michael Clark and Helen Kiely with Lee Norwood-Green, Claire Barker, Jayne Holland, Shane Lomax, Kim Clarke, Paul Couzens-McCue

Sweet Transvestite (Rocky Horror Show) – Mike Bignall, Michael Clark, Helen Kiely, Lee Norwood-Green

Make You A Man (Rocky Horror Show) – Mike Bignall, Michael Clark, Helen Kiely, Lee Norwood-Green, Martina Keith-Stewart, James

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Show) – Lee Norwood-Green, Martina Keith Stewart, Jack Lovell Nesfield, Paul Couzens-McCue and Company

A Musical (Something Rotten) – Darren Gibbons and Rob Littler with Frodsham Sings and Company


Director – Adam Choat

Musical Director – Rob Littler

Choir Master – Ian Oulton

Choreographer – Gillian Orrett

Dancers – Gillian Orrett, Debbie Orrett, Yee Ting Liu, Lucy Parker, Anny Phengsavanh

Stage Manager – Sam Hough



“Words cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed the show tonight. And judging by the audience reaction they did too. From the very first to the very last note it was just superb. You all looked like you were having a blast performing and it shone through.”

E Felton, Runcorn

“Congratulations on a great show. Not the usual hackneyed song list from the musicals. You must have worked your socks off – and of course the cast deserve thanks too for a lovely evening. We certainly got value for money tonight.”

M Roughsedge, Liverpool

“Brilliant, really enjoyed it.”

H Howard, Runcorn