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Welcome to the Little Theatre Clubs production of Copacabana. This is the first time we have staged this show and we have had a wonderful time learning Barry Manilows music. Most of you will be familiar with the title song, but I think you will love the rest of the numbers with their exciting Latin American rhythmns or beautiful melodies. I guarantee that even if you didnt know them before, some of you will leave the theatre humming Sweet Heaven or This Cant Be Real.
As a complete contrast, our next show in April 2008 will be Oklahoma. This much-loved show is one of our favourites as it contains a wealth of wonderful numbers for both principals and chorus. We are very proud of our chorus work; indeed, we won the NODA Best Chorus
award for our production of Kiss Me Kate last year. Oklahoma will mark our return to our old home The Palace Theatre, Westcliff. I do hope you can join us to celebrate our return. I look forward to seeing you there.
Another important piece of information for our audiences is that we are changing our name. From now on we will be known as the Little Theatre Company; so dont be confused if you see this name, its still us - the LTC.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy Copacabana. Please feel free to tap your feet, shake your maracas and, in the words of John Lennon people in the cheaper seats clap your
hands. All the rest of you, just rattle your jewellery
Sally LightfootLittle Theatre Club Chairman
A welcome from our chairman
Her name was Lola ... the unforgettable opening lyric of Barry Manilows Grammy Award winning hit song, Copacabana, is the inspiration for an exciting and passionate new musical. Copacabana is a tale of love and romance set at the heart of the swinging nightclub scene of the 1940s.
While creating the worlds next big hit, Stephen, an aspiring songwriter, is carried back to an era when music and passion were always the fashion at the world famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. In his own imagination Stephen is Tony Forte who falls immediately in love with the arrival at the Copa of Lola La Mar, a young girl with dreams of stardom, from Tulsa, Oklahoma. We follow the story as Lola fails various auditions before managing, with Tonys help, to impress the Copas owner Sam Silver and win a place among his troupe of dancing girls.
Captivated one evening by Lolas performance, the villainous Rico Castelli whisks her away to his own Tropicana nightclub in Havana. From this exotic, distant new world, a tale of old-fashioned love, jealousy, and murder in the entangled lives of Lola, Tony and Rico unfolds amidst dazzling costumes, spectacular sets, sensational choreography and show-stopping numbers like Dancing Fool, Bolero DAmore and, of course the title track, Copacabana.
There was blood and a single gunshot, but just who shot who?
LouLou ClarkChoreographerThis is Loulous 4th show with LTC and 2nd as choreographer.She has been involved with dancing and musicals since an early age and first performed with LTC as a child in Will Rogers Follies back in 1996.She has thoroughly enjoyed taking on this role for a second time with Sarah and working with a different Cast and Production Team has been loads of fun! Lou wants to thank everyone involved: dancers, principals and chorus, for working so hard and for having her back for a second round!
Sarah ParmenterChoreographerSarah first performed with LTC back in 1999 for The Wiz, her favourite roles to date have been Sally Smith Me and My Girl, Katie Brown Calamity Jane and most recently Mabel in Pirates of Penzance. Sarah and Louise choreographed our award winning production of Kiss me Kate and hope to add some of the same sparkle to Copa. Sarah has just bought a house with her boyfriend Stuart, who last week completed his run of Billy Bigelow in Carousel - thankfully all the dancing, singing and perfecting american accents at various times of day and night hasnt phased the neighbours...yet!
Steve Wilkinson Director
Steve joined the LTC in 2003 and has been on stage in all but one show since then. Although he has directed shows at Westcliff High School for Boys, where he works, this is his first foray into directing with LTC. It has been a challenge but one he has thoroughly enjoyed, but if pressed as to whether he would rather direct teenagers or adults no comment!
Paul DayChrous Master
Paul started his musical career at the age of 8 playing flute and guitar. He has been assistant musical director for the Eastwood Chorale for many years, and in 1995 was involved in a two week tour of the Seychelles playing flute and singing in the choir. Paul has MDd for Rayleigh Operatic, Thundersley Operatic and Ingatestone Operatic societies and was involved with Rainbow2000 for many years.Paul has also arranged and directed a number of concerts and fund raising cabarets. More recently Paul has joined the Southend Philharmonic Orchestra playing flute and percussion when persuaded!
Paul GreenMusical Director
This is Pauls 20th Show for the club after also having conducted Pirates of Penzance in April. His own association with the club goes back to the 1950s when, as a schoolboy, he first played in the orchestra for our shows at the Palace Theatre. Since then he has conducted shows for all the leading operatic societies in the town. With four young grandchildren taking up plenty of his time, he now has less time to spend on other hobbies!
Ian GilbertStage Manager
Ian is currently in his final year studying for his degree in stage management. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to join the LTC as stage manager. Recently Ian toured the South-East for Stoning Mary? as Deputy Stage Manager and a 3-month Stint in the West End as Technical Stage Manager.
Ian last appeared on stage with LTC as Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly and is happy to be returning in a different capacity.
Doreen has directed numerous shows in the past, including our last Spring show Pirates of Penzance. Doreen also regularly takes on chorus mistress and wardrobe for many of our productions.
Cast (in order of appearance)
Stephen / Tony Forte Darren HarperSamantha / Lola La Mar Laura WilsonGladys Murphy Audrey BottWillie Chris ScottSam Silver Colin BottRico Castelli Dave LobleyConchita Alvarez Sarah MummeryMcManus Barry Jones
Copa GirlsAngie Jo AdamsViv Sharon AllwrightJane Sharon GibbBrenda Rachel GibbsAlice Nicola BottCathy Loulou ClarkBarbara Sarah George
Copa BoysSkip Phil SavillIan Kane DavisBen Chris JollyJamie Steve Wilkinson
Maitre D Barry JonesCoatcheck Girl Debbie SmallboneMale Auditioner Chris Jolly Hoover Girls Sharon Allwright Sharon GibbPiano Accompanist Joan HubbardLuis Antony SmithCarlos Tim CaterPirate Captain Chris Scott
EnsembleElaine DohertyElaine SteeleJoy KingstonEdna SmithLaura DeavesStephanie KennaJamie RedgateBradley GreenLesley BroadwayDebbie SmallboneTim CaterAntony SmithJoan Hubbard
Act One1) Overture Instrumental
Scene 1 Somewhere in Stephens Imagination / Stephens Studio, Present Day
2) Copa Opening Stephen & Company
Scene 2 Grand Central Station, New York City, 19473) Just Arrived Lola & Women
Scene 3 The Copacabana, 1947, Evening4) Dancing Fool Tony & Copa Boys5) Sweet Heaven Tony & Chorus
Scene 4 Various Audition Rooms in New York, The Next Day6) Audition Sequence Various
Scene 5 Outside The Copa, Late Afternoon7) Copa Girl Gladys
Scene 6 Inside The Copa, Minutes Later8) Man Wanted Lola9) Who Needs To Dream Tony
Scene 7 The Copa, Several Weeks Later10) Ricos Entrance Stephen11) I Gotta Be Bad Lola & Copa Girls12) Bolero DAmore Rico & Chorus
Act Two13) Bolero Entracte Instrumental
Scene 1 The Tropicana Nightclub, Havana, Cuba14) Havana / Caramba Conchita, Tropicana Boys & Girls
Scene 2 Backstage, The Copacabana15) Kidding Trilogy Gladys, McManus, Willie, Sam, Tony, Alice, Viv
Scene 3 A Bedroom in Ricos Compound, Havana16) This Cant Be Real Lola & Stephen
Scene 4 The Stage of The Tropicana, Rehearsal, A Few Hours Later
Scene 5 The Tropicana Stage, Several Nights Later17) El Bravo Lola, Pirate Men & Women
Scene 6 The Tropicana Stage, Minutes Later / The Copa, A Few Days Later18) Sweet Heaven 2 Tony, Lola & Chorus
Scene 7 Stephens Studio, Present Day19) Finale Stephen & Company20) Copacabana Finale Company
Kane Davis Chris Jolly Phil Savill Steve Wilkinson
Darren Harper Tony Forte (Stephen)
Darren is delighted to be returning to the stage, after work commitments forced him into an 18-month break.Copa is Darrens 15th show with LTC. He has previously played many different roles for the club, including Billy Lawler (Anything Goes), Lun Tha (The King And I) and most recently, Cornelius Hackl (Hello Dolly). However, his favourite part was his portrayal of Bill Snibson (Me And My Girl).
Laura WilsonLola La Mar (Samantha)
Laura joined the LTC in 1997 at the age of 15 after appearing in Carousel and Will Rogers Follies as a child.Laura made her adult leading debut as Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street). She has also enjoyed working alongside the production team as Dance Captain for various musicals.
She is currently choreographer for another local theatre company for their upcoming show Calamity Jane.
Colin BottSam Silver
Colin is one of our longest serving members of the club, but this is the first time he has played opposite his wife Audrey since