2019: (August 12 & 13): “MAMMA MIA” OPEN AIR SPECTACULAR
Without doubt one of the Alderney Theatre Group’s most ambitious shows ever produced and performed on a unique stage: Douglas Quay on Braye Beach. This outdoor spectacular was watched by over 800 enthusiastic spectators who gave standing ovations at the end of each performance.
Charlotte Newton came up with this idea as she was walking her little dog along Braye Beach on a wind-swept winter morning. “I looked at Douglas Quay and thought ‘what a fabulous stage this would be to perform a great summer show like “Mamma Mia”…. . A lady of few words but plenty of action, she acquired the 97-page script and managed to condense it to just under 30 pages while adding an Alderney twist to the story. Rehearsals started in April 2019.
Produced and directed by Charlotte Newton, the 1-hour non-stop show, produced and directed by Charlotte Newton, was performed by an all-singing, all-dancing 25-strong cast – which included many new faces.
There were a few technical and logistic challenges to overcome, not to mention tidal issues and stormy weather, but the Alderney Theatre Group pulled it off and thanks to the fabulous musical direction of Alex Flewitt and the hi-tec wizardry of Ronnie Cairnduff and his team, “Mamma Mia”was an absolute hit.
Sophie:Rosie Evans * Sky:Ben Turner Ally:Jo-Jo Woodnutt * Lisa:Carla Smith
Bill Anderson:Lee Flewitt * Sam Carmichael:Richard Matimong * Harry Bright: Tim Butler
Donna:Tess Woodnutt * Rosie:Bobbie Allen McNiven-Young * Tanya:Candy Osborne
Barman/Toy Boy:Matt Aldcroft * Priest:Barrie Pimm-Smith * Granny Cher:Moira Sleeman
Crowd/Wedding Guests: Lesley Chapman * Sam Osborne * Simon Chapman*
Penny Ball * Matt Aldcroft * Millie Hays * Ally Wray * Sue Gaydon * Barrie Pimm-Smith* Joan Jolly
Producer & Director: Charlotte Newton
Musical Director: Alex Flewitt Technical Director: Ronnie Cairnduff
Choreography: Lesley Chapman, Carla Smith & Jo-Jo Woodnutt
Set Design: Barrie Pimm-Smith Props: Richard Bickerton Wigs & Make-up: Sue Gaydon
Prompt: Michael von Rauschenberger
Event Coordination & Publicity : Ilona Soane-Sands
Both performances were professionally filmed and the DVD has just been released. To get a copy (£5 plus postage), please email email@example.com
Meanwhile, please take a look at the many photographs taken during the dress rehearsal and both performances. Click here
We would like to thank our sponsors for their much welcome and highly appreciated support:
The Guernsey Arts Commission, The Braye Beach Hotel, The Alderney Opticians and The Fort Group