Sun­day girl sings in ‘best mu­si­cal’

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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

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