Joy-Amy Wigman Cast as Rehani
We are happy to announce that Joy-Amy Wigman has been cast as Rehani for the concert production of Clive Nolan's "She" to be performed this November in Reichenbach, Germany. Joy-Amy, originally trained at the London School of Musical Theatre, joined the Caamora Theatre Company in July 2015 and took part in the jubilee productions of "She" and "Alchemy" staged as part of the "Fire and the Quest" festival in Cheltenham in September this year.
Joy-Amy Wigman: "I'm so pleased to be stepping in to Rehani's sandals for this concert. I have only been with the Caamora Company a short time but I already feel like part of the team. It is wonderful to be working with such haunting melodies, I can't wait for Germany! "
Verity Smith Cast as Ustane!
We are pleased to announce that the role of Ustane in the concert version of "She" in Reichenbach, Germany will be performed by Verity Smith, a long-time member of the Caamora Theatre Company, admired for her masterly rendition of Mrs. Muncey and Jessamine in Clive Nolan's second musical, "Alchemy", as well as Rehani in the recent theatrical production of "She".
Verity Smith: "I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the role of Ustane in our shows in Germany and Holland! Being with the Caamora family has been a joy since I joined a few years ago and this role represents a pinnacle for me in my professional singing career. So, THANK YOU Clive... 'You can rely on me Professor, I won't let you down'... Oh hang on, wrong show...";)
"She" Comes to Germany!
Clive Nolan: "On Saturday, November 28th we will perform a concert version of ‘She’ in Germany. This is going to be a return to the wonderful Neuberinhaus Theatre in Reichenbach, where we performed ‘Alchemy’ a year ago. The is a very exciting prospect since we enjoyed last year’s show so much. A fantastic reception from an excellent audience. I get to be behind the keyboards again for one of my musicals - back with the band. I’m looking forward to that immensely! I hope to see some friendly faces there."
"The Fire and the Quest": We Did it!
'The Fire and the Quest' festival celebrating 10 years of Clive Nolan Musicals took place on September 4th and 5th, 2015. The artists of the Caamora Theatre Company performed three shows in front of the sold out venue of the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, UK. Clive’s jubilee was commenced with the premiere of a brand new production of his first musical, 'She', followed by the off-West End version of 'Alchemy', both directed by Ian Baldwin. Saturday acoustic concert, hosted by Clive himself and featuring, among others, some of the original performers from both musicals, gave a chance to reminisce about the past 10 years of Clive’s musical journey. The event was a great success and fun for performers and the audience alike.
Clive Nolan: "There is no doubt that ‘The Fire and the Quest’ weekend is over, and what a fantastic weekend it was! The plethora of terrific performances, the culmination of such brilliant work and preparation, and of course the wonderful reaction of the lovely people who travelled from the corners of the world to see us in action. It’s the audience that really makes a show, and guys… you made it! I felt proud, moved and excited all in one heady mixture! This was truly a lifetime highlight!"
Read the review HERE
"The Fire and the Quest" Begins Today!
Clive Nolan: “So, here we are… Friday morning! No more days to count down – this is it! I can only congratulate the Caamora team for their wonderful efforts in preparing for these shows. The results of your dedicated and tireless work will, I’m sure, be clear to everyone over the next 48 hours. I wish everyone good luck and… let’s get started!” ;)
“I Had to Be a Part of it!”: An Interview with Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis: "When we began, I didn’t really get a full picture of it all. I certainly knew about the bands Clive was in, Arena and Pendragon, as I’ve always liked progressive rock music, but I’ve never seen them live, so, that was my first encounter with Clive. I was asked to get auditioned for a certain song in the musical called “She” as an understudy to the character of Holly as they needed somebody with quite a high range, which I was able to achieve. I was told at that time it was a relatively small part, but it turned out to be a rather large part with some great songs. This musical by Clive is an amazing piece and when I actually heard the music, it was no brainer – I had to be a part of it!"
The Chorus Perspective – Part Four: Joy-Amy Wigman
Joy-Amy: "I came to the rehearsal period rather late as I was replacing another cast member who had to pull out for health reasons. So I had a lot of catching up to do! I originally trained at The London School of Musical Theatre and Ian Baldwin, the director, knew that I would put my all into getting up to speed. I feel privileged to be part of the Caamora Theatre Company. Clive's musicals are so beautifully unlike anything I've sung before. They combine rock, operetta and high drama to create a fantastical landscape for the imagination. There is a wonderful magic that surrounds the music, it opens up the opportunity for so much emotion, the kind of music that you find yourself belting out in the car on the way home or indeed, waking up your flatmate with as you over emote in the shower. When I'm watching the rehearsals I find myself getting totally drawn in to the performances of my colleagues. It's so great suddenly think "I'm a part of this". Not only are they a talented group of people but also so very warm and welcoming, an utter joy to work with."
“I Adore Musical Theatre”: An Interview with Ross Andrews
Ross: "I am playing Billali in “She” and I am also the Captain in “Alchemy” as well as Greaves. Billali happens to be a very efficient priest who goes telling people what to do and ordering people around and singing as low as I possibly can in a bass register, which means it’s extremely difficult. In “Alchemy” I am Greaves, who is the evil henchman, who goes around slapping people about and killing them. And I am also the captain, who goes on with a huge book and starts singing in a bass register blasting the notes everywhere I possibly can."
The Chorus Perspective – Part Three: Ollie West
Ollie West: “I have had the privilege of being a chorus member of Clive Nolan's shows from the inception of the full stage version of ‘She’ performed previously at the Playhouse with a large chorus. Now being reworked in mode of ‘Alchemy’ so that it can be performed without the need for vast expensive sets and lots of people.
My role in the shows is to sing the amazing songs with the rest of the chorus and act. This brings a greater depth of meaning to the stories - which are now full stage versions with amazing singing and acting from all. I am also apparently again the wardrobe mistress with the difficult job of keeping them all in order in the dressing rooms and ensuring all the costumes remain complete for each character. The costumes are stunning!
Ian’s conception of ‘She’ is superb and simple and so different from the original stage version. It will be like seeing a new show. Rehearsals are going well and as we all say "it will be alright on the night". The Caamora family will be superb.
Clive’s talents are boundless and he gets better all the time. His new song in ‘She’ is well, you'll find out for yourselves,wow! I love all the music, I cannot get enough of it and I don't get bored with it. That is the true talent of the man. Such an honour to know him and be involved. You know he was amazing to start with and he keeps getting better. Many congratulations on your jubilee, Clive and here's to the future years!
The Chorus Perspective - Part Two: Ron Milsom
Ron Milsom: "Being a member of the chorus means playing a variety of roles. For me in both ‘She’ and ‘Alchemy’, these include a sailor, Queen’s guard, a priest, a vagrant, a mercenary and a member of the Hell-Fire Club. During rehearsals, it can sometimes be a bit confusing, but once the costumes go on, the character’s have their own identity. Our job is to reinforce the story that’s unfolding on stage and to provide harmony to the songs.
I’m pleased to say that the rehearsals are going really well, considering that we’re doing two different shows over consecutive nights. Although I’ve played in ‘She’ and ´Alchemy´ previously, this is a completely new version of ‘She’. That means learning new parts and stage directions, although of course the songs are the same. It may be difficult at times, but it’s great fun too.
Caamora is not just a theatrical company, it’s a family of friends working together and helping each other to bring Clive’s music to life. The talented Ian Baldwin has transformed the shows into some something quite dynamic and I’ve learnt so much by working with him. I never tire of listening to Clive’s music. ‘The Fire and the Quest’ is going to be a very special weekend for everybody involved. I’m privileged to be part of this company and for that I am truly grateful to Clive Nolan. Thanks Clive and good luck for the future!"