BROS Centenary Gala

It certainly was a night to remember – or indeed eight short weeks to put together such an audacious festival of musical theatre. Featuring a cast of over 60 people (nearly double a typical Richmond Theatre show) and a production team of 20, it was quite an achievement to bring it to such a successful conclusion.

Ably hosted by our Patron, Alan Titchmarsh (who was even cajoled into a rendition of ‘Razzle-Dazzle’) the show featured songs and dance routines from over 30 different shows from the last 100 years. Many of these numbers hadn’t been performed at Richmond Theatre for decades, but they proved themselves an excellent education in BROS Theatre Company’s history.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
He's Gone and Married Yum‐Yum The Mikado Ensemble
Three Little Maids Hot Mikado Clair Jardella
Three Little Maids Hot Mikado Kerry Sampson
Three Little Maids Hot Mikado Lisa Rose
I am a Pirate King / With Cat‐like Tread The Pirates of Penzance / Broadway Pirates John Pyle
I am a Pirate King / With Cat‐like Tread The Pirates of Penzance / Broadway Pirates Male Chorus
Beauty in the Bellow Hot Mikado Carl Smith
Beauty in the Bellow Hot Mikado Robbin Pierce
Let the Throng Our Joy Advance Hot Mikado Andy Clarke
Let the Throng Our Joy Advance Hot Mikado Clair Jardella
Let the Throng Our Joy Advance Hot Mikado Edz Barrett
Let the Throng Our Joy Advance Hot Mikado Kerry Sampson
Let the Throng Our Joy Advance Hot Mikado Lisa Rose
The Yeomen of England Merrie England Male Chorus
To All and Each The Arcadians Carl Smith
To All and Each The Arcadians Mandy Stenhouse
To All and Each The Arcadians Sheila Fitzgerald
To All and Each The Arcadians Will Brooks
To All and Each The Arcadians Ensemble
Dance a Cachucha The Gondoliers Ensemble
Youth's the Season Beggar's Opera Female Chorus
If I Loved You - Carousel Claire Smith
If I Loved You - Carousel Andy Clarke
There is Nothing Like a Dame - South Pacific Male Chorus
"a snatch" - Jorrocks Ensemble
Hello Dolly! - Hello Dolly! Lizzie Brignall
Hello Dolly! - Hello Dolly! Male Chorus
Great Workers of the Cause - Anne of Green Gables Anne Campbell
Great Workers of the Cause - Anne of Green Gables Claire Smith
Great Workers of the Cause - Anne of Green Gables Julie Thomas
Great Workers of the Cause - Anne of Green Gables Mandy Stenhouse
Great Workers of the Cause - Anne of Green Gables Sarah Storer
All 'Er Nothing - Oklahoma! Chris Morris
All 'Er Nothing - Oklahoma! Louise Turnbull
I Have Confidence - The Sound of Music Kerry Sampson
On the Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady Bryan Cardus
Wouldn't it be Luverly - My Fair Lady Janet Simpson
Do You Love Me? - Fiddler on the Roof Clare Henderson Roe
Do You Love Me? - Fiddler on the Roof John Pyle
Too Darn Hot - Kiss Me Kate Edz Barrett
Too Darn Hot - Kiss Me Kate Company
Forget About the Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie Kerry Magee
Forget About the Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie Veronica Maidment
Forget About the Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie Troupe
It's Never Too Late - The Boy Friend Camilla Titchmarsh
It's Never Too Late - The Boy Friend Steve Alais
Impossible Dream - Man of La Mancha Bryan Cardus
Impossible Dream - Man of La Mancha Ensemble
Flash Bang Wallop - Half a Sixpence Paul Turnbull
Flash Bang Wallop - Half a Sixpence Ensemble
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Annie Deasy
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Clair Jardella
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Eryn Goben
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Fiona Hedger‐Gourlay
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Lisa Rose
Little Shop of Horrors - Little Shop of Horrors Sarah Storer
Company - Company Andy Clarke
Company - Company Carl Smith
Company - Company Chris Morris
Company - Company Claire Smith
Company - Company Debbie MacDowell
Company - Company Karen Swift
Company - Company Sarah Storer
Back on Bass - Closer Than Ever Robbin Pierce
Good Times Are Here to Stay - Dames at Sea Ensemble
Me and My Girl - Me and My Girl Bryan Cardus
Me and My Girl - Me and My Girl Kerry Magee
Make 'em Laugh - Singin' in the Rain Ensemble
As Long as He Needs Me - Oliver! Claire Smith
Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat - Guys & Dolls Carl Smith
Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat - Guys & Dolls Ensemble
Hot Mikado Finale - Hot Mikado Company
Female Chorus Claire Atkins
Female Chorus Anna Colton
Female Chorus Jenny Corbin
Female Chorus Jan Croxson
Female Chorus Eryn Goben
Female Chorus Vicki Harding
Female Chorus Ellen Harvey‐ Smart
Female Chorus Rachel Haydon
Female Chorus Caroline Hayes
Female Chorus Fiona Hedger‐Gourlay
Female Chorus Helen Lowe
Female Chorus Juliet Manners
Female Chorus Marion Mclaren
Female Chorus Gemma Melhuish
Female Chorus Helen Shore
Female Chorus Gita Singham‐Willis
Female Chorus Angela Sturgeon
Female Chorus Karen Swift
Female Chorus Louise Vinter
Female Chorus Charlotte Walker
Female Chorus Sian Walters
Male Chorus Steve Alais
Male Chorus Ian Bennett
Male Chorus Michael D'Ambrosio
Male Chorus Marc Evans
Male Chorus Hamilton Faber
Male Chorus John Powter
Male Chorus Paul Turnbull
Male Chorus Stuart Turnbull
Male Chorus Peter Vaughan
Male Chorus Simon Willis
Male Chorus Andy Yeates
Troupe Claire Atkins
Troupe Rachel Haydon
Troupe Helen Lowe
Troupe Kerry Magee
Troupe Veronica Maidment
Troupe Juliet Manners
Troupe Gemma Melhuish
Troupe Helen Shore
Troupe Gita Singham‐Willis
Troupe Karen Swift
Troupe Louise Vinter

Creative Team

Role Name
Artistic Director Bob Salter
Producer Roger Fairhead
Musical Director‐in‐Chief, Conductor & Arranger Shaun Critten
Lighting Director Ed Pagett
Design Wendy Godwin
Design Zoe Harvey‐lee
Sound Director Stuart Vaughan
Stage Management Eric Williams
Stage Management Claire Williams
Stage Management Jane Bean
Production Manager Chris Morris
Production Manager Ian Bennett
Director/Choreographer - Then & Now, Minack Theatre Wesley Henderson-Roe
Director/Choreographer - Then & Now, BROS Centenary, Finale and others Melanie Edwards
Director/Choreographer - Theatre Early History (1908 ‐ 1930) Bob Salter
Director/Choreographer - Post War Years, Studio Productions, Finale Andy Locke
Director/Choreographer - Early Richmond Years Lizzy Ross
Director/Choreographer - Return to Richmond Theatre, Youth's the Season Jessica Joyce
Director/Choreographer - Little Shop of Horrors Lisa M Rose
Technical Manager Wesley Henderson-Roe

Reviews & Awards

We were not quite sure what to expect as from the various missives you wrote in the BROS Newsletter we rather thought it was going to be endless excerpts from the various shows suggested. Instead, we got a very well constructed panorama of the sort of shows BROS produced over the years, presented as a series of musical numbers by a superb group of artists and dancers. We were very impressed with the verve and dash which the chorus put into it. I noticed for instance that every one of your male chorus acted their socks off in the Dames Number from South Pacific which had as much punch as the original show at Drury Lane! My goodness, what an amazing bunch of male and female singers you have in the Company.

To be honest, I am not sure what they would have sounded like without the mikes, but nearly all shows now have this facility, so why not use it to the full, and how well they did just that. I think the one word which describes the production is”slick”. It was obviously well rehearsed and as far as we could see, went entirely without a hitch. Finally, I must say what a fantastic contribution Alan made to the proceedings. Since I knew him, he has obviously blossomed out to the one of TV’s most polished presenters and his talents certainly made the evening go with such a swing. I must say, I did not realise just how much BROS meant to him and I was personally very proud to have been associated with him when he first joined the company. I was also very impressed with the amount Alison has put in. I must confess, I did not know she had produced so many shows and had been President for so long. Now, she has a talented daughter in the show as well. I am sure that if Geoffrey and Daphne Needs were watching from above, they would have been very proud parents.

David & Anne Armstrong Many congratulations to everyone who took part in the marvellous Gala Show on Sunday. It was so well put together and performed by such a lot of talented people, an absolute joy to behold! Many thanks for the opportunity to meet old friends in the interval, one or two great surprises which was fantastic. We’re looking forward to The Ball and the culmination of a marvellously planned Centenary Year. Everyone concerned must have worked soooh hard! See you at the Ball! Best Wishes, Vivienne & Gerald Johnson San Pedro de Alcántara October 28th 2008 I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Gala Concert on Sunday night. It brought back many happy memories of the shows I did with BROS and I got quite emotional at the end. It was great to see that the tradition of presenting professional shows still continues and that the company has so many talented young people. The production team did an excellent job – it can’t have been easy deciding what to leave out with such a large choice of material and it can’t have been easy working out a rehearsal schedule with a cast of 60.

Having done many overnight get-ins followed by a dress rehearsal I can appreciate the amount of effort that everyone had to put in to achieve such an excellent end result in the short time available in the theatre. It was well worth coming back from Spain to be part of and to meet up with so many old friends. I’m only sorry that I’m unlikely to be around for the 150th anniversary celebrations.

Barbie Mitchell

Show Date: October 2008

Venue: Richmond Theatre

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