Keiran Whelan – Robert
Keiran works for the ‘asra Housing Group’ and spent most of his teenage years training with the ‘Leicestershire Arts Dance Company’. In 2006, Keiran spent six months touring Majorca in the tribute band The Soultown Swingers. Keiran claims to know 99% of the words to every Sondheim musical and has been an avid Sondheim fan since he saw a production of Into The Woods at The Leicester Haymarket Theatre.
Theatre includes: ‘Arthur Kipps’ in Half A Sixpence; ‘Tony’ in The Boyfriend; ‘Billy Crocker’ in Anything Goes; ‘Bobby Child’ in Crazy For You; ‘Jeff’ in Straight And Narrow; ‘Oscar’ in Sweet Charity; ‘Rooster’ in Annie; ‘The Man’ in Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind; ‘Curly’ in Oklahoma!; ‘Wild Bill’ in Calamity Jane; a variety of roles over ten years in The Little Theatre’s annual pantomime and most recently as ‘Gary’ in A Slice of Saturday Night at the Hinckley Concordia Theatre.
For KW Productions: ‘Rick’ in A Slice of Saturday Night (2014 and 2015).
Laura Carvell – Sarah
Laura works as a Planning Team Leader in Lutterworth and comes from a family of performers. She caught the ‘acting bug’ at a young age whilst performing with the Doris Gwilt School of Dance. Laura is also a keen sports lover and has played basketball locally, nationally and regionally for Leicester Cannons & East Midlands since the age of eleven.
Theatre includes: ‘Sarah Brown’ in Guys And Dolls; ‘Charlotte’ in Oliver!; ‘Ann’ in Half A Sixpence; ‘Laurey’ in Oklahoma!; ‘Minnie Fay’ in Hello Dolly; ‘Helene’ in Sweet Charity; ‘Katie Brown’ in Calamity Jane; ‘Belle’ in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast; ‘Princess Yasmine’ in Aladdin, ‘Susan’ in Teenager In Love with The Kirby Muxloe Players and most recently as ‘Sue’ in A Slice of Saturday Night at the Hinckley Concordia Theatre.
For KW Productions: ‘Sue’ in A Slice of Saturday Night (2014 and 2015).
Nikky Leigh Brooks – Harriet
Nikky was born and bred in Exeter, Devon and trained at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen, where she gained a BA (hons) in Acting – a personal proud moment for her. Nikky moved to Leicestershire in February and is very happy to have joined a brilliant group of performers who share the same passion – a love of being on stage. Nikky spends most of her weekends singing in a Devon based function band.
Theatre includes: ‘Ensemble/ Carabosse/ Dick Whittington/ Jasmine/ Priscilla’ in Pantomonium; ‘Queen Falzaseth’ in The Quest; ‘Various characters’ in Tradition Tales/ Pirate Shows; ‘Mr Mole’ in Adventures of Mr Toad (all for Entertainingly Different) and ‘Annie’ in Round and Round the Garden with Transitions Theatre Company.
Emily Bale – Susan
This is Emily’s first show with KW Productions and, being a self confessed Sondheim enthusiast, she couldn’t be more thrilled. Emily has enjoyed playing a variety of roles over the last eight years for the Masque and Playhouse Theatre companies in Northampton and has also performed in four open air Shakespeare productions. Since returning to Leicester, Emily has enjoyed dusting off her vocal chords and tying up her dancing shoes to embrace musical theatre. She is especially looking forward to sharing the stage with her Dad and dear friends old and new.
Theatre includes: ‘Estella’ in Great Expectations; ‘Sheila’ in An Inspector Calls; Teechers; Dancing at Lughnasa; The Accrington Pals; Lovesong and most recently as ‘Tzeitel’ in Fiddler on the Roof.
Sarah Varnam – Jenny
Sarah studied at Warwick University and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama a lifetime ago. Her first professional engagement was playing ‘The Nurse’ in Night Must Fall, starring Barbara Jefford and directed by Phillip Franks. Sarah is also proud Principal of The Pauline Quirke Academy, Northampton. Sarah developed a taste for directing, as she likes to listen to the audience’s comments about a show anonymously ‘out front’. As a director and producer, productions have included; A Slice of Saturday Night; The Pirates of Penzance; Honk!; Oliver!; Low Level Panic; Bugsy Malone; Romeo & Juliet; Hello Dolly!; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui; Steel Magnolias; Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind and Calamity Jane.
Theatre includes: ‘Helena’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; ‘Martirio’ in Lorca’s The House of Barnarda Alba; ‘Elizabeth Proctor’ in The Crucible; ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Annie, and ‘Hamlet’ in Hamlet (a long while before Maxine!).
Willard Welsford – David
Will undertakes a wide variety of work in many different musical fields. He started his further education at Leicester University and continued it at the RNCM. He has taught and teaches music from Foundation stage through to Further education, and is Artistic Director, Conductor and Choral animator for a number of different groups and agencies. Notably, Will was the Choral animator for Leicester’s Curve Theatre in 2013 for The King And I and their 5th Birthday Launch. As musical director, productions include; A Chorus Line; How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; The Witches Of Eastwick; Bugsy Malone; Oliver!; Kiss Me Kate; Return To The Forbidden Planet; Les Miserables (School Edition); We Will Rock You and The Boyfriend.
Theatre includes: ‘Tenor Soloist’, Haydn – Nelson Mass, Lambert – The Rio Grande and Beethoven – Choral Fantasia; ‘Ralph Rackstraw’ in H.M.S. Pinafore; ‘Hilairion’ in Princess Ida and ‘Alphonse’ in The Boyfriend.
Victoria Blasdale – Amy
Victoria has prepared for the role of neurotic bride to be Amy by getting married herself last month! Such dedication! When she isn’t busy getting hitched to Scott, she is Mum to 5 year old Inara and a teacher of 34 local primary school children.
Theatre includes: ‘Peppermint Patty’ in Snoopy: The Musical; ‘Audrey’ in Little Shop of Horrors (twice); ‘Genevieve’ in The Bakers Wife; ‘Sharon’ and ‘Bridget’ in A Slice of Saturday Night; ‘Jean’ in Separate Tables; ‘Brooke Ashton’ in Noises Off; ‘Felicity’ in The Farndale Avenue Ladies Present A Christmas Carol; ‘Molly’ in Tom Jones; ‘Linda Swan’ in Cash on Delivery; ‘Rose’ in A Shayna Maidel and most recently as ‘Lynne’, a tap dancing nurse, in Stepping Out for The Kirby Muxloe Players.
Vaughan Ashcroft – Paul
Vaughan first developed a taste for musical theatre playing ‘Lamar’ in Godspell at Bosworth College at the age of 18. Since then, he has appeared with several of Leicester’s theatre societies including LAOS, KPAOS and The IDOLS.
Theatre includes: ‘Danny Gilmartin’ in Calamity Jane; ‘Billy Bigelow’ in Carousel; ‘Tony’ in West Side Story; ‘Bert Barry’ in 42nd Street; ‘Steve’ in Summer Holiday; ‘Trevor Graydon’ in Thoroughly Modern Millie; ‘Evelyn Oakley’ in Anything Goes; ‘Jesus’ in Jesus Christ Superstar and ‘Sky Masterson’ in Guys And Dolls. For LAOS at The Curve Theatre: ‘Jerry’ in The Full Monty; ‘The Beast’ in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast; ‘Glen Gulia’ in The Wedding Singer and most recently as ‘Pablo’ in the sell out production of Sister Act.
For KW Productions: ‘Gary’ in A Slice Of Saturday Night (2015).
Karen Gordon – Joanne
Karen has been a member of The Leicester Drama Society for over 20 years, with one excursion to The Gilbert and Sullivan Society to play ‘Pitti-Sing’ in The Mikado. She has sung with Keiran before, in charity concerts produced by Debbie Turley. Karen is ‘chuffed’ beyond words to be working with Keiran, Leigh and the exceptional Company ensemble.
Theatre includes: ‘Mrs. Robinson’ in The Graduate; ‘Titania’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; ‘Maggie’ in Hobson’s Choice; ‘Gretchen’ in Boeing Boeing; ‘Elaine Navazio’ and ‘Jeannette Fisher’ in Last of the Red Hot Lovers; ‘Gertrude Chiltern’ in An Ideal Husband; ‘Judith Bliss’ in Hay Fever and most recently as ‘Helen Kroger’ in Pack of Lies.
John Bale – Larry
John has directed many musicals in Leicester including; Oklahoma, Sweet Charity and Fiddler on the Roof for the Wigston Amateur Operatic Society, and Little Shop of Horrors for The Leicester Drama Society. John’s next project is writing and directing Aladdin, to be performed at The Little Theatre in December – this will be his ninth Pantomime as writer and director for the LDS. Having the opportunity to perform in a Sondheim Musical is really exciting and challenging, and working alongside such a talented cast and production team is a complete joy.
Theatre includes: ‘George’ in Same Time Next Year, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in Sherlock Holmes’ Last Adventure; ‘Geoffrey’ in Stepping Out, ‘Evelyn Oakley’ in Anything Goes; ‘C.S Lewis’ in Shadowlands; An Inspector Calls, The Titfield Thunderbolt, Crazy For You and too many pantomimes throughout Leicestershire to mention.
Josie Tweddle – Marta
Josie works for the NHS and graduated with a degree in music and dance from Roehampton University in 2006. She comes from a family of theatre enthusiasts and has been singing and dancing from a young age. She also enjoys choreography and looks forward to choreographing Aladdin at The Little Theatre this Christmas.
Theatre includes: ‘Calamity Jane’ in Calamity Jane; ‘Candy’ in Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind; ‘Witch Wilhelmina Watt’ in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood; ‘Dance Sequence Laurey’ in Oklahoma!; ‘Lois/ Bianca’ in Kiss Me Kate; ‘Ronnette’ in Little Shop Of Horrors; ‘Pitti Sing’ in Hot Mikado and ‘Val’ in A Chorus Line.
For KW Productions: ‘Sharon’ in A Slice Of Saturday Night (2015)
Katie Draper – Kathy
Katie spent six months working as an English teacher in China before returning to Leicester to work as a receptionist in a local doctor’s surgery. Before this, Katie studied at Leicester College where she graduated with a diploma in Musical Theatre.
Theatre includes: ‘Dorothy’ in The Wizard Of Oz; ‘Eliza Dolittle’ in My Fair Lady; ‘Swallow’ in Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down The Wind; ‘Maid Marion’ in Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood; ‘Cinderella’ in Cinderella; Oliver!; The King And I; Boogie Nights; Our House and most recently as ‘Hodel’ in Fiddler On The Roof.
For KW Productions: ‘Bridget’ in A Slice of Saturday Night (2014 and 2015)
Liz Kavanagh – April
Liz began her early dance training in Leicester and went on to train professionally at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom where she was the winner of the Jean Stokes Drama Award. A lifetime and two sons later, Liz now works for the Local Authority as a Data and Exams Manager, but enjoys an active involvement in Leicester’s amateur theatre scene.
Theatre includes: ‘Peggy Sawyer’ in 42nd Street; ‘Mrs Meers’ in Thoroughly Modern Millie; ‘Mimsie’ in Summer Holiday; ‘Tzeitel’ in Fiddler on the Roof; ‘Erma’ in Anything Goes; ‘Babette’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; ‘Helene’ in Sweet Charity; ‘Estelle Genovese’ in The Full Monty; ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Annie and most recently as ‘Sister Mary Martin of Tours’ in LAOS’ sell out production of Sister Act at Leicester’s Curve Theatre.
Keir Watson – Peter
Keir first worked with director Leigh White several years ago on a production of Little Shop of Horrors for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has continued to perform at the Fringe in a number of productions over the past 15 years. He studied Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth but this is among his first forays into the Leicester drama scene. He is glad to have been made so welcome!
Theatre includes: Various roles in Once Upon Arrgh!; ‘Fear’ in Little Red; ‘Tinker’ in The Lost Child; ‘The Insignificant Other’ in The Irrelevant Occurrences of an Insignificant Other; ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ in Frankenstein and ‘Beatty’ in Farenheight 451. Keir looks forward to playing ‘Abanazar’ in Aladdin at The Little Theatre this Christmas.
Leigh White – Musical Director and Director
Trained; Central School Of Speech And Drama
Theatre credits include; Our Town and ‘Boone’ in Whistle Down The Wind (Little Theatre, Leicester)
Pantomimes include; Jack and the Beanstalk (Little Theatre, Leicester)
Musical Director for; Little Shop of Horrors, A Slice of Saturday Night, Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Little Theatre, Leicester).
For KW Productions: Musical Director for ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ (2014 and 2015)
Timothy Neville – Technical Director
Sound: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acorn Antiques: The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, God of Carnage, Made in Dagenham, Puss in Boots, Rob Beckett: LIVE!, Schools Will Rock You, Sleeping Beauty.
Lighting: Annie, Body Language, Kiss me Kate, Rent, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Singin’ in the Rain, The Hired Man, The Producers, Travels with my Aunt.
Backstage: Cinderella, Cranford, Hairspray, Man of the Moment, The Forsyte Saga, The Glass Menagerie.
Studio: Bang, You’re Dead!, Colin Hoult / Anna Mann, Female Transport, Goose, Pat Cahill, Phil Ellis, Phil Jerrod, Sofie Hagen.
For KW Productions: A Slice of Saturday Night (2014 and 2015)