The Sound of Music - 2012
Lorraine Bottomley – Director
This is the fourth show that Lorraine has directed for Potters Bar Theatre Company, following The Pirates of Penzance (Broadway version), Sweeney Todd and The Wizard of Oz. Lorraine has also appeared on stage with the Company in The King and I, as Anna, in Singin’ in the Rain, as Lena Lamont and in The Slipper and the Rose, as Cinderella. Elsewhere Lorraine has performed in many musicals, pantomimes and plays and she sings with a local cabaret group, The Showstoppers, who raise money for charity. Lorraine would like to say thank you to her two gorgeous daughters for letting Mummy go out twice a week to direct this show; she will be back for bedtime stories from next week.
Production Team Biographies
Philip Colman – Musical Director
Philip has been involved in musical theatre since his schooldays and he helped launch the Youth Musical Theatre Company in his hometown of Worcester as Musical Director of a production of West Side Story. As MD for several London-based musical theatre companies he has conducted some thirty musicals ranging from large-scale productions at Wimbledon Theatre to shows at the smaller and more intimate venues of the Bridewell and Spitz Theatres. He was the Musical Director for W11 Opera for ten years, annually commissioning and conducting new operas, and he was also the Vocal Coach to the junior principals and chorus for Opera Holland Park. He conducts Enfield Young Symphony Orchestra, teaches on the Musical Theatre course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and also works as an accompanist in classical and theatre genres.
Alison Latchford - Choreographer
Alison is twenty-seven years old. She completed a BTEC National Diploma in Musical Theatre, achieving a triple distinction, and graduated with an HND in Performing Arts. She then completed a year of intensive training at The London School of Musical Theatre in 2007. Her professional theatre credits include Audreyin Little Shop of Horrors (Mountview), When Midnight Strikes (Chelsea Theatre, London), Backing Vocals in Christmas in New York (Apollo Theatre) and the album launch of Monkey to the West at Bush Hall, London. Alison is an accomplished teacher and choreographer with her choreography credits including Snow White, Aladdin, St. Trinian’s and Robin Hood. This is her first show with Potters Bar Theatre Company andshe has thoroughly enjoyed working with such a talented production team and cast. She says, “Break a leg guys”!
Andrea Pollington – Maria Rainer
Andrea has been involved with Potters Bar Theatre Company for the last seven years and she has been lucky enough to play some fantastic roles. Her favourites include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Brooke in Noises Off and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Andrea has been involved in Performing Arts from a young age and she has enjoyed working as both a performer and teacher in England and overseas. Andrea is delighted and honoured to be playing the role of Maria and she has loved every minute of rehearsing with an amazing team of children and adults.
David Bottomley – Captain von Trapp
David has been performing in amateur dramatics for an unbelievable thirty-five years and he has appeared in over seventy-five shows. David has been fortunate in playing many leading roles including Pirate King, Billy Bigalow, Sky Masterson, Curly and Jud (in different productions of Oklahoma! of course) and, one of his favourites, Sweeney Todd. David has most recently played Max Bialystock in The Producers at Hertford Theatre. David is a vice-president of the Potters Bar Theatre Company and he is also actively involved with Showstoppers, which raises money for the Isabel Hospice.
Sarah Brealey – Elsa Schraeder
Sarah is approaching her twentieth year with the Company and she has some fond memories of shows she has appeared in with her friends. Some of Sarah’s highlights over the years include Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Julie Jordon in Carousel, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzances, Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. She is delighted to be working once again with the duo of Lorraine and Philip, who have made rehearsals such fun, and she looks forward to the next twenty years of fun and good times!
David Macklin – Max Detweiler
David has been performing, producing and directing with a variety of companies in Essex and Hertfordshire for the past forty years and he has played a wide variety of parts in musicals and in plays. David has worked with Potters Bar Theatre Company over the past eleven years as a producer, director and performer. He last appeared on stage as the Chairman in Let’s all go to the Music Hall in 2010. This is the second time he has appeared in The Sound of Music and, despite everything that is said, he enjoys working with the children!
Michelle Williams – Mother Abbess
Michelle has been acting and singing for many years, appearing in plays, operas and musical theatre. She studied singing at Trinity College of Music, where she won the John Ireland Competition for singing and the Opera Prize. Michelle has performed in a number of shows with Potters Bar Theatre Company, playing roles including Lily in Kiss me Kate, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Nettie in Carousel. Michelle is delighted to be singing the glorious ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ as Mother Abbess.
Sharon Lottari – Sister Berthe
Sharon's first show with the Company was Stepping Out in 2004, in which she played the fun-loving Sylvia. Other roles include Reno in Anything Goes, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Sally Durant in Follies. Most recently she enjoyed performing in The Winslow Boy (a play, for a change) here at the Wyllyotts Theatre. Rehearsing The Sound of Music has brought back special memories of when Sharon was a child, appearing as Marta for a two-week run in Cleethorpes. Playing bossy Sister Berthe is quite different but very enjoyable!
Eleanor Moreton – Sister Margaretta
This is only Eleanor's second show with Potters Bar Theatre Company, but she has been treading the boards for many a year. Recently she has appeared as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast, Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, for which she won an award at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Eleanor has recently taken on the post of Head of Music at Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City. In fact, the interview for that job and the audition for this production took place on the same day!
Alex Taylor-Brooke – Sister Sophia
Alex has performed in numerous shows over the years, with her favourites including A Grand Night for Singing with Overtures and The Sound of Music with Green Room Productions. Alex thoroughly enjoyed the roles of Peg in Blitz (Green Room) and Angel Purity in Anything Goes and Ursula in Sweet Charity, both with Potters Bar Theatre Company. Having helped behind the scenes of the last few shows, Alex is very happy to be getting back into the habit and helping to solve a problem as Sister Sophia! Alex has had a lot of fun rehearsing with her fellow nuns and hopes you enjoy the show.
Freddy Cousin-Brown – Liesl
Freddy has always loved performing and she attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School as a full-time student from the age of ten. She has gone on to work professionally in the industry for the likes of Disney and the BBC, and she is hoping to continue with further training in musical theatre next year. This is Freddy's first show with Potters Bar Theatre Company and she is very excited to be playing Liesl as she played Brigitta at the Wyllyotts Theatre eight years ago.
Jamie Coles – Rolf
Jamie is eighteen and he is very excited about appearing in his second production with Potters Bar Theatre Company, his first being Brighton Beach Memoirs in which he played Eugene. Jamie has also been in several musicals including Oliver! (Oliver), Bugsy Malone (Fat Sam), Thoroughly Modern Milly (Mr Graydon), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Into the Woods (The Baker). He has also acted in several plays, for example, Twelfth Night (Feste), King Lear (King Lear) and The Country Wife (Mr Horner). Jamie rarely plays what is deemed the ‘bad guy’ and so relishes this new challenge!
Richard Jackson – Herr Zeller
Now in his sixth year with Potters Bar Theatre Company, Richard is looking forward to being a part of The Sound of Music, which he tells us is one of his favourite things. Some of Richard's previous roles with the Company include Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls and Stanley Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He has also just taken part in the greatest show on earth as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games. When he is not being a Potters Bar Theatre Company Nazi or volunteering at great sporting events, Richard works for Tesco Petrol Filling Stations at head office.
Paul Large – Franz
This is only Paul's second appearance for Potters Bar Theatre Company after playing the part of Society Max in Guys & Dolls earlier in the year. Having caught the amateur dramatics bug later than most, he is now enjoying every minute if it. Playing the part of Franz, the turncoat butler, is far away from the singing and dancing gangster of his last role but he is really happy to have been cast in this classic musical and he is looking forward to working with so many talented people again.
Julie Markey – Frau Schmidt
This is Julie’s third Sound of Music, having played Brigitta at the age of ten in Spalding, Lincolnshire, and choreographed the show in Hertford twelve years ago. Julie has choreographed The Pirates of Penzance and Follies for Potters Bar Theatre Company and she also played Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Other favourite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Cinderella, all for Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society. Julie is a member of the Showstoppers charity singing group and her day job is leading the HR team at Ocado.