ASSASSINS

John Cooper Studio Theatre, 41 Monkgate,  York

Pick Me Up’s 2016 Summer Sondheim season kicked off with Assassins, the stunning musical that tells the stories of nine people who set out to assassinate the President of the United States.

It attracted enthusiastic audiences and a five-star review from the York Press – critic Charles Hutchinson writing: "Pick Me Up Theatre are not only remarkably prolific but their work is consistently outstanding, and Assassins is right up their with their best, from casting, direction and design by Readman and Barbara Chan's band, up high at the back, to the superb lighting of Adam Moore and Ian Thomson's pin-sharp sound."

Sondheim and writer John Weidman explore the assassins’ personalities and weave their stories

together in an electrifying show that reveals uneasy truths about the American Dream.

 

Readman has assembled a brilliant cast with Simon Radford as Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth and Sam Hird in the dual roles of the Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald, who

assassinated John F Kennedy in 1963.

 

George Stagnell plays Leon Czolgosz, who shot dead President William McKinley in 1901, and Mark Hird is Charles J Guiteau, who assassinated James Garfield in 1881. 

 

The would-be assassins are Jonny Holbek as John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan; Conor Mellor

as Guiseppe Zangara, who attempted to assassinate Franklin D.Roosevelt; Alexa Chaplin and Juliet Waters as Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore – who both tried to shoot Gerald Ford – and Craig Kirby as Samuel Byck, who tried to hijack a plane and land it on Richard Nixon in the White House.

 

The ensemble playing a range of different roles – including bystanders who comment on the events – is equally strong featuring Chris Mortimer, Holly Surtees-Smith, Scott Goncalves, Sam Baxter, James Coldrick, Kelly Stocker, Elanor Dunn and Lewis Douglas.

 

Musical director is Barbara Chan with technical director Adam Moore on hand to create magic with lights.

July 22-30 2016

 

Music and lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim

 

Book by

John Weidman

 

Directed by 

Robert Readman

 

Musical Director

Barbara Chan

Lighting

Adam Moore

Sound

Ian Thomson

Properties

Teresa and Jane Carr

 

CREATIVES

CAST

John Wilkes Booth 

Simon Radford

 

The Balladeer

Sam Hird

 

Sara Jane Moore

Juliet Waters

 

Leon Czolgosz

George Stagnell

 

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme

Alexa Chaplin

 

Samuel Byck

Craig Kirby

 

Giuseppe Zangara

Conor Mellor

 

John Hinckley

Jonny Holbek

 

Charles Guiteau

Mark Hird

 

The Proprietor

Chris Mortimer/James Coldrick

 

Emma Goldman

Holly Surtees-Smith

 

David Herold

Scott Goncalves/Sam Baxter

 

Ensemble

Elanor Dunn

Kelly Stocker

Billy

Sam Baxter

President James Garfield

James Coldrick

James Blaine

Lewis Douglas

President Gerald Ford

Chris Mortimer

Keyboards

Barbara Chan

Keyboards

Sam Johnson

Trumpet

Matthew Spalding

Guitar/Banjo

Tris Fitzmaurice

Guitar

Rhys Evans

Drums/Percussion

James Wood

BAND

Pick Me Up’s second Summer Sondheim is Sweeney Todd which opens on Friday August 5th through to Saturday August 13th.

 

Photos by Matthew Kitchen Photography