“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!