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FERNEHAM HALL, FAREHAM

2nd, 3rd, 4th June 2016

Cast of Characters

Mrs Blitztein.............................Jessie Wright
Carol Blitztein..........................Sian Samways
Harry Blitztein.....
.......................Ethan Emery
Siddy Blitztein..........................Aiden Creasey
Rachel Blitztein...........................Mishka Cook
Cissy Blitztein.........................Pheobe Le May
Alfred Locke...........................Adam Brombley
Georgie Locke...............................Jonah Ford
Frances Locke..........................Emilia Barnden
Ernie Nearmiss............................Dylan Rutter
Joyce Matthews...................Jasmin Richardson
Elsie..............................................Zoe Elliot
Tommy Blackwell......................Edward Carroll
Buddyboy......................................Milo Baker
Mr Josephs....................................Milo Baker
Mrs Josephs................................Molley Berry
Mr Murphy..................................John Pimlott
Mrs Murphy...............................Mollie Munday
Peg Murphy.............................Heather Bryant
Mr Sen......................................Kieran Poling
Mrs Sen.....................................Amber Harris

Ping-Hi......................................Samuel Beer
Billy Ping-Hi................................Luke Causer
Mr Finkelstein..............................Sam Barnes
Janet Popkiss..............................Niamh Foley
Tina Baggleovitch...................Renee Saunders
Esther Finkelstein......................Amelie Carver
Mary O'Hara..............................Jasmine Berry
Mrs Smith..............................Eleanor Shellard
Mrs Higgins............................Emily Blackburn
Alfie Higgins................................Jack Callard
Bird..........................................Charlie Foord
School Teacher................................Amy Allen
Policeman....................................Sam Barnes
Army Sergeant Major.......Branden Cable-Rogers
1st Civil Defence Official.............Emily Bassett
2nd Civil Defence Official...Charleigh Lammiman
3rd Civil Defence Official.........Teagan Williams
1st Military Policeman......Branden Cable-Rogers
Military Policeman........................Kieron Poling
Military Policeman.........................Samuel Beer
Flight Lieutenant.............Branden Cable-Rogers
Nun.........................................Maisie Creasey
Nun.............................................Jess Hunter
Sarsaparilla Merchant...................Kieran Poling
Mr O'Hara...................................Charles Clark
Janet Popkiss...............................Niamh Foley
Fireman........................................Jacob Hogg
Fireman........................................Grace Allen
Fireman...................................Edward Ndlovu
Fireman.....................................Luke Marshall
Joanie Jones................................Teagan Cook
Kathy Murphy.............................Faith Williams
Mary O'Hara...............................Jasmine Berry
Mrs Bamburger.........................Anwen Treacher
Mrs Flaherty..................................Zoe Pimlott
Mrs Bezunanoff.........................Maisie Creasey
Mr Mendainikoff..............................Jacob Hogg
Mr Solomons..................................Grace Allen
Mr Eisenstein..............................Luke Marshall
Tramp..........................................Sam Barnes
Charlie (ARP Warden)...................Charlie Foord
Busker.........................................Sam Barnes

Cheesemonger...............................Jacob Hogg
Street Sweeper.........................Eleanor Murphy
Canteen Lady............................Maisie Creasey
Street Trader.............................Edward Ndlovu
Assenheim Merchant.....................Isabel Carver
Merchant...............................Annalucia Navato
Soldier..........................................Jacob Hogg
Soldier..........................................Grace Allen
Soldier.....................................Edward Ndlovu
Soldier.......................................Luke Marshall
Resident of Petticoat Lane..............Annie O'Hea



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Daily Echo Review

Blitz!

Stage One
Ferneham Hall, Fareham

A less familiar work in the canon of Lionel Bart, Blitz! has strong personal connections, drawing on fond memories of the East End of London. A love story, a story of community and comradeship, it also contained an amusingly affectionate depiction of a strong Jewish mother in the form of Mrs Blitztein.

Jacqui Ivemy has overseen a fluid, beautifully staged production, that illuminated the best of the material. The musical numbers were nicely arranged and choreographed with great verve.

At its heart was the strength of the performances and once again the company has shown its merit. Jonah Ford (Georgie) and Sian Samways (Carol) had great stage presence and made an endearing central couple. Ethan Emery was equally good as Harry, the bad boy who came good. Zoe Elliott (Elsie) had charisma and could certainly dance. And Jessie Wright gave a blistering performance as Mrs Blitztein, pretty much stealing the show.

Karen Robson

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NODA REVIEW

Blitz! – Stage One Youth Theatre
Date– 2nd June 2016
Director – Jacqui Ivemy
Musical Director – Dennis Brombley
Choreographer – Phoebe Saunders
Venue – Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Type of production – Musical

In a week when I had also seen Lionel Bart’s Oliver! it was interesting to contrast his lesser known musical Blitz!, which opened in London just two years later in 1962, and wonder why it has never achieved the same degree of success. As its name suggests, Blitz is set in the East End of London during the intense aerial bombings of World War Two and focuses on two families: the Jewish Blitzteins and the cockney Lockes, who run adjacent market stalls in Petticoat Lane but do not get on with each other. We follow the lives of the two families as they endure the bombing, their sons going off to war – or deserting – and we see the racial and social diversity that existed in the East End, which didn’t stop people pulling together to survive, despite having their homes destroyed and living with the lasting effects of the injuries they suffered.
It is a great tribute to the director, Jacqui Ivemy, and the maturity of the young actors involved that they managed to portray so well not only the suffering endured by East Enders of the time, but also the overriding cheerfulness that saw them through. Jessie Wright, as the matriarch Mrs Blitztein,and Adam Brombley as her adversary, Alfred Locke, carried a lot of responsibility for the success of the show- but we were in safe hands. Both gave confident and assured performances, with excellent acting and singing and spot-on accents.
They were ably supported by Ethan Emery as Harry Blitztein, the cowardly son who went AWOL and worked as a spiv, and Jonah Ford as Georgie Locke, the brave son who went to war, returning injured but still in love with Carol Blitztein (Sian Samways). Carol had been blinded during an air raid but Georgie still loved her and their eventual marriage unites the two families. Dylan Rutter as Harry’s sidekick, Ernie Nearmiss, always bringing news of tragedy and disaster, produced a great character andall four gave excellent, believable performances. There was a huge cast of supporting characters, who all created and sustained the wartime atmosphere really well, many doubling up on parts. One character who particularly stood out for me was Mrs Smith, who had some wonderfully cutting lines, delivered to perfection by Eleanor Shellard.
I must pay tribute to director Jacqui Ivemy for pulling together such a big production, choreographer Phoebe Saunders, for managing to get the large cast to move with great precision, without it looking staged, and Wardrobe Mistress Mandy Baker for finding so many authentic-looking costumes. Praise too for the set design and construction team – I was surprised to be told that it was not a hired set – they had built it all themselves. It was most impressive – especially the tube station. The orchestra, with Dennis Brombley at the helm, must also be congratulated, for providing a good sound, very much in keeping with the era, and never drowning out the singers.
It was a powerful story with many parallels with the world we live in today,so I can only think that the lack of success originally was perhaps partly because 1962was too soon after the real events to look back, and also that the show never ran on Broadway (it was thought that New Yorkers would not share Londoners’ nostalgia for the period). The tunes are very much in keeping with the war period, but nowhere near as catchy as those of Oliver – although you do get hints of the same melodies coming through at times - and while it’s not a laugh-out-loud show, there are plenty of gently amusing moments. With the benefit of greater distance from the war, I believe this show deserves a revival and if it were to be performed with anything like the gusto, enthusiasm and talent of Stage One Youth Theatre, it would be an enormous success.

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Emails

Dave,

Everyone I have spoken to who saw the show (nearly all seeing the show for the first time) thought it was excellent, as echoed in NODA’s report – a well-deserved accolade for the whole creative team and the high production values that are adhered to. It’s amazing how those actors who were in the background a few productions ago can now confidently hold the stage, which must give inspiration for those coming through behind them. I thought that the use of the young kids was particularly inspired and it certainly kept Andrea fit trying to herd them!

Looking forward to Footloose.

Best regards,

Steve Clark

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Mike Wright June 3 at 10:34pm
Well done all of you! Really really well performed and sung!!!


Danielle Cox June 3 at 11:09pm
Just wanted to say another massive well done to everyone! Was an amazing show and good luck for the rest of them xxx


Eleanor Shellard June 5 at 12:05am
I just wanted to say a massive thankyou to everyone in Stage One for an incredible show loved absolutely every second of show week! I am going to miss everyone who, is involved with stage one. I hope Footloose is incredible for you all. But there are a couple of thankyou I would like to say:
Firstly to the incredible talent of the cast, who deserve every credit possible.
Secondly, to the stage crew who made an absolutely beautiful set. (One of my favourites so far.)
Thirdly to the hair and wardrobe people who spent numerous hours making our costumes look spectacular. So thankyou to you.
Finaly to Jaqui, Dennis and Pheobe who, made this show soo much fun! It has been an honor to work with you all! See you all after Footloose, thankyou again for an special week.

 

Emily Collins-Wingate June 5 at 12:21am
**Long and soppy theatre post alert**
Wow what an evening.. For the first time in 10 years I was sat in the audience for a Stage One show, completely gutting at first but also a chance to see the amazing talent that company has. So so many incredible performances I can't list them all but I'll try a few.

Jess, first and foremost you stole the show. Yours and Molly's sustained accents were so professional and your scenes so full of emotion. A true star - plus you rocked the grey hair look, it's a difficult one to pull off ;)

Jonah and Sian, such a beautiful onstage couple. Every scene was believable from Jonah's hilarious song with Ethan to Sian's acting most of the second act 'blind'! True talent, two amazing performances.

Zoe you just had so much sass and were a true female lead. Loved your "Leave It To The Ladies" song - you have such a nice voice! Every line you delivered was full of character.

Adam, you played an older character and it was completely believable. Songs were full of character and just a brilliant role all round.

Dylan, hilarious sustained character acting. Ethan, where did that wonderful voice come from? Milo your bagels truly stole the show and Jasmin you never fail to bring emotion and sass to your characters. The younger chorus were adorable and acted so well and every chorus scene was filled with action from every member of the cast. There are just too many names to mention.

Jacqui, Dennis and Phoebe you did an amazing job (and the band was wonderful Mark, Jonathan and co.) Everyone backstage, upstairs and FOH did such a good job - Jane, Keith, David and everyone else. A show, as ever, to be proud of and I am proud to have been a part of Stage One.

 

Charlie Foord June 5 at 6:38pm
I would like to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone who performed and helped with the production of Blitz. An even bigger well done to Jess Wright who was the best Jewish mother. I have managed to look past the fact that I wasn't Irish or Indian and have accepted that Kieran Poling and Charles Clark did much better accents than me. But again, well done to the cast and crew for all your hard work the past week. See you all for Footloose.

 

 

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