GHOST THE MUSICAL

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Pick Me Up's York premiere production of Ghost The Musical  took audiences on a powerful emotional rollercoaster ride that inspired standing ovations for the cast, plaudits for the production, and lots of tearful requests for tissues!

 

The show –  based on the Oscar-winning movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg – featured wonderful central performances by Pick Me Up newcomers Lottie Henshall as Molly Jenson and Joe Mellor as Sam Wheat who created what the York Press called an "utterly believable relationship, one that has audience reaching for hankies more than once".

 

Charles Hutchinson said in his review: "Fraser Wilkinson is impressive too as the duplicitious Carl Bruner; Lee West's scrap of a baddie, Willy Lopez, catches the tone too, while Jed Berry's choreography brings out the ghostly in the ghosts."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And he hailed Emma Osman's performance as phoney psychic Oda Mae Brown, saying "comic relief could not be more comical or relieving ... more Whitney Houston than Whoppi Goldberg in stature but a scream from over-dressed head to toe".

 

The production – which featured stunning lighting by Chris Speight and projection designs by Adam Moore – was pulled togetherby what the Press dubbed "the young creative triumvirate" of director Robyn Grant , musical director Tom Marlow and choreographer Jed Berry.

 

Robyn said: "When I first saw Ghost the Musical in March 2011 at the world premiere in 

Manchester I had no idea that nearly three and a half years later I would be directing my own version here in York!  I leapt at the opportunity but then of course panicked. The show is renowned for its special effects and challenging music and with just three weeks of rehearsal time how on earth were we going to pull it off?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn said the answer was to focus on the story. “I really wanted to create believable people and a real relationship,” said Robyn. “My vision was to stay away from glitz and glamour and to look at the truths of love, loss and everything human in between."

 

The story centres on young New York couple Sam and Molly who are torn apart when Sam is murdered, left for dead in a dark alleyway.

 

Robyn said: “During rehearsals, Lottie and Joe spent a lot of time together in character as the young lovers to form a close bond. I think their on-stage chemistry is so believable the audience can’t help but care about them and share their grief.

 

“At the end of the show, people have been leaving with tears streaming down their faces and so many ladies have asked at the kiosk for tissues we sent someone out after the matinee to go and buy some.”

 

 

8-16 AUGUST 2014

CREATIVES

 

Book & Lyrics 

Bruce Joel Rubin

 

Music & Lyrics 

Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard

 

Director

Robyn Grant

 

Choreographer
Jed Berry

 

Producer & Designer

Robert Readman

 

Associate Choreographer

Matthew Hill

 

Musical Director

Tom Marlow

 

Assistant Musical Director 

Barbara Chan

 

 

 

 

Molly Jenson

Lottie Henshall

 

Sam Wheat

Joe Mellor

 

Oda Mae Brown

Emma Osman

 

Carl Bruner

Fraser Wilkinson

 

Willie Lopez

Lee West

 

Hospital Ghost & Lionel Furgeson

Craig Kirby

 

Subway Ghost

Claire Pulpher

 

Rosa Santiago & Nun 2

Susannah Baines

 

Clara

Louise Carter

 

Louise

Emily Ramsden

 

Child Ghost

Ruby Johnson

 

Bank Assistant & Nun 1

Kirsten Moore

 

Hospital Ghost & Bank Officer

Holly Surtees-Smith

 

Officer Wallace

Emma Hayes

 

Detective Beiderman & Doctor 1

Sam Hird

 

Doctor 2

Kris Wright

 

Workman

Chris Mortimer

 

Orlando 

Ben Williams

 

Ortisha

Meg Forgan

 

 

 

 

Keyboard 1

Barbara Chan

 

Keyboard 2

Sam Johnson

 

Guitar

Neil Morgan

 

Bass

Georgia Edwards & Twm Dylan

 

Drums

Clark Howard & Jez Smith

 

Violin

Fabio Sarlo & Dyzelle Sutherland

 

Cello

George Wissen

 

Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone

Katie Wood & Michael Sluman

 

 

 

 

Technical Supervisor

Alistair Penman

 

Lighting Director & Electrician

Chris Speight

 

Projection Designer & Operator

Adam Moore

 

Stage Manager

Nick Lay, Nigel Metheringham & Dan Shrimpton

 

Assistant Stage Manager

Sofia Carpenter

 

Sound Operator

Joel Suter

 

Sound 2

Ella Dixon

 

PR

Jo Hird

 

CAST

BAND

PRODUCTION