'Disposing of the Body'
'The Likes of Us'
Wed 21st - Sat 24th October 2009
South Holland Centre, Spalding
... a delightful production ...
Ruth Adams - Keyboard (Synth strings)
Jonathan Aughton - Flute / Piccolo
Anthony Baldery - Piano
Sapheron Bunn - Clarinet
Jack Calderwood - Trombone
Lee Dash - Drum Kit / Percussion
Richard Garbett - Clarinet
Rebecca Hart - Oboe
Roger Loose - Bass Guitar
Zoe Wardell - French Horn
Elaine Wilkins - Trumpet
Victoria Worthington - Bassoon
Note from one of the Directors ...
I suspect that until you saw this show advertised many of you were unaware of it's existence.
However, I am sure that most of you will have heard of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are familiar with many songs from their hit musicals. 'The Likes Of Us' was the first product of their partnership and tells the story of Dr. Thomas Barnardo who founded several children's homes and fostering schemes.
Today, Barnardo's operates in different ways but continues working to reduce the impact of poverty on children, young people, families and communities - through social, economic and community action. Part of the proceeds from this show will go towards supporting their work and there will be a retiring collection.
You have had to wait over 40 years to this show. Thank you for your patience, I know you will feel well rewarded. So sit back, relax and enjoy St Nicolas Player's production of 'The Likes Of Us' as we call 'overture and beginners please'.
A Note from the
Musical Director ...
THe Likes of Us is a precursor of the Lloyd Webber / Rice musicals of the '70s, containing, as it does, a wide range of styles or 'pastiche', at which they excelled in their early work. However, it is also very different, being a narrated story rather than an oratorio (Joseph) or rock opera (Jesus Christ Superstar) in genre.
The story opens with a mock-Straussian waltz, movingswiftly on via a rapid patter song to several beautiful ballards, a rousing military march and soft shoe shuffle, to name but a few! The title song is a plangent and poignant lullaby, sung by the children Bernado so desperately wanted to help, and it is reprised with emotional effect at the end of the show.
As always with Llotd Webber the score sparkles with catchy melodies, here colourfully arranged for the orchestra by David Cullen. We hope you will enjoy hearing them as much as we have enjoyed playing them. So listen closely, as very soon they will be going, going, gone ...!
Peter Breach & Rob Nicholls
Musical Director Lynne Baker