Sunday girl sings in ‘best musical’
THEATRE director hopes that a musical performance this weekend will encourage more youngsters to jump on board in the future.
John Draper, owner of Gerrards Cross-based Millenium Productions, is gearing up for this Saturday’s performance at the Memorial Hall of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Tell Me on a Sunday.
The show, directed by Mr Draper, tells the story of a girl from Muswell Hill, London, who goes to America in search of love, which takes her through New York City, Hollywood and Manhattan.
Describing Saturday’s show as “brilliant,” he said: “Katie Nightingale is the most wonderful singer.”
He added: “I think it’s the best musical Lloyd-Webber ever wrote.”
It will be the last show Mr Draper directs until a performance in October, after which he turns his attentions to something he has called Project 80, a three-year plan to make the hall and stage good enough for professional shows before his retirement in 2018.
Talking about Project 80 Mr Draper said: “This is a fantastic stage. It’s absolutely superb but it’s wasted.”
He added: “Gerrards Cross hasn’t got a theatre. It needs a theatre, and other people can use it.”
Asked why he thinks this is important he said: “It’s such a developing activity because you learn so much about yourself, you learn how to present yourself, you learn how to communicate with people.
“Its a total new formulation of their character. There’s so many different aspects of theatre. There’s something for everybody and I find it special.”
All proceeds from Saturday’s show go to the Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, the local branch of the British Legion and Project 80.
Shows will be at the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, East Common, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £14.50. Phone 01753 883 759 to book.
Clockwise from top – Katie Nightingale, star of Tell Me On A Sunday, musical director Stephen Hession and the show’s director John Draper