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1st-3rd October 2015
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Show handbill Don’t Stop the Music is a musical extravaganza celebrating the best of musical theatre through the decades, transporting us from the 50s, onwards through the 90s and the noughties, right up until the present day. A departure from our usual productions, Don’t Stop the Music is an exciting opportunity for us to present a diverse programme of our favourite song and dance numbers from some of the best-loved musicals over the last 60 years in one spectacular evening’s entertainment.

 

Our show begins with numbers from West Side Story, the American musical inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and moves on through the years featuring memorable shows like Rent, Mamma Mia, the award-winning Les Miserables and many more besides. We are finally brought up to date in the noughties with numbers from musicals such as the smash hit, We Will Rock You, Sister Act and Matilda, based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story.

 

We invite you to join us for this all-singing, all-dancing theatrical experience that promises to be an evening of non-stop entertainment for all the family.

 

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Song List

Act One

  1. WEST SIDE STORY “America” (Leonard Bernstein) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Huw Prall
  2. “Tonight” (Leonard Bernstein) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  3. “Officer Krupke” (Leonard Bernstein) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Charlotte Walker
  4. CHICAGO “Cell Block Tango” (John Kander & Fred Ebb) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Huw Prall
  5. THE JERSEY BOYS Medley – “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” & “Walk Like A Man” (Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by April Timpson
  6. BLOOD BROTHERS “Tell Me It’s Not True” (Willy Russell) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  7. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER MEDLEY Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by Charlotte Walker, Christine White and Huw Prall (Macavity)
  8. “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice)
  9. “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice)
  10. “Macavity the Mystery Cat” (Andrew Lloyd Webber & T.S. Eliot)
  11. “Starlight Express” (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Richard Stilgoe)
  12. “All I Ask of You” (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe)
  13. “Go, Go, Go, Joseph” (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice)
  14. ANNIE “Hard Knock Life” (Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by April Timpson
  15. THE PAJAMA GAME “Steam Heat” (Richard Adler & Jerry Ross) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Lisa Fletcher
  16. A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC “Send In The Clowns” (Stephen Sondheim) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  17. LES MISERABLES MEDLEY “At The End Of The Day”, “Castle On A Cloud”, “Do You Hear The People Sing”, “Stars”, “Master Of The House”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home” & “One Day More” (Claud-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil) Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by Charlotte Walker and Christine White

 

Act Two

  1. RENT “Seasons Of Love” (Jonathan Larson) Arrangement by Paul Tickner
  2. MAMMA MIA! MEDLEY “I Have A Dream “, “Mamma Mia!”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Thankyou For The Music”, “Dancing Queen” & “Waterloo” (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by Charlotte Walker, Christine White and Lisa Fletcher (Dancing Queen & Waterloo)
  3. WICKED “Popular” (Stephen Schwartz) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  4. OUR HOUSE MEDLEY “Our House” & “Baggy Trousers” (Madness) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Lisa Fletcher
  5. SUNSET BOULEVARD “With One Look” (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Christopher Hampton) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  6. TOP HAT “Top Hat White Tie & Tails” (Irving Berlin) Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by April Timpson
  7. SPAMALOT “The Song That Goes Like This” (John Du Prez & Eric Idle) Arrangement by Graham Hix
  8. DIRTY DANCING “She’s Like The Wind” (Patrick Swayze & Stacy Widelitz) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by April Timpson
  9. SISTER ACT MEDLEY “Hail Holy Queen”, “I Will Follow Him” & “Shout” (Alan Menken & Glenn Slater) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by Charlotte Walker
  10. MATILDA MEDLEY “Naughty”, “When I Grow Up” & “Revolting Children” (Tim Minchin) Arrangement by Paul Tickner, Choreography by April Timpson
  11. WE WILL ROCK YOU MEDLEY “We Will Rock You”, “Somebody To Love”, “We Are The Champions” & “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen) Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by Charlotte Walker and Christine White
  12. HAIRSPRAY “You Can’t Stop The Beat” (Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman) Arrangement by Graham Hix, Choreography by April Timpson, Lisa Fletcher & Huw Prall



The Making of "Don't Stop the Music"

Don’t Stop the Music is a musical extravaganza celebrating the best of musical theatre through the decades, transporting us from releases in the ‘50s, onwards through the ‘90s and the noughties, right up until the present day.

 

“Don’t Stop the Music” has been a departure from the usual productions put on by Cody Musical Theatre Company (formerly known as Cody Farnborough Amateur Operatic Society) and in return has caused further work from the production team. Rather than putting on a full musical it was felt a collaboration show would give Cody the opportunity to present a diverse programme of favourite song and dance numbers from some of the best-loved musicals not currently available for amateur groups to perform, bringing the West End to Aldershot.

 

This show has many more songs and dances than a full musical show, which increased the work of the production team; therefore, a decision was made to have two Musical Directors and three Choreographers rather than the usual one.

 

In the summer of 2014, the production team set to work deciding which musical numbers to perform and soon discovered issues due to some popular shows having many popular songs. With limited performance time, full length versions of these popular songs could not be accommodated and so it was decided a medley would work best. After many meetings and much deliberation a list of musical numbers was finally decided upon just in time for rehearsals to begin in April 2015. Workshop auditions were held for casting dancers and soloists, followed by note bashing to learn the harmonies, before movement was introduced creating the performance side of the production.

 

Behind the scenes whilst the cast were busy learning lyrics and movements, the production team were holding further meetings to discuss set, costume, sound and lighting. With a limited set, compared to their usual productions, due to the diversity of the numbers, the onus was with lighting and costumes to create an atmosphere. Heavy admin has been involved for Musical Directors, Graham Hix and Paul Tickner, ensuring the cast and band have adapted scores / band parts for their arrangements along with rehearsal tracks to practice to.

 

In early September 2015 everything was coming together nicely and a running order had been finalised; now there were just finer details to sort ready for opening night on 1st October 2015, such as what type of microphone to use in each number.

 

With a lot of hard work and effort from all involved it looks to have paid off, for it’s set to be a show stopper!