COPACABANA - July 2002

Set in 1940s New York at the world famous Copacabana nightclub, this multi-sensual musical extravaganza transports us back to an era when 'music and passion were always in fashion'.

The story unfolds through the imagination of an aspiring present day songwriter. While creating the world’s next big hit, he conjures up the heart-warming tale of hopeful showgirl Lola Lamar as she is launched into the path of stardom as a ‘Copa girl’, with the help of Tony Starr, a bartender with dreams of his own. However, the course of true love runs far from smooth, since the villainous Rico has other plans for her, whisking Lola away to be the star of his Tropicana club in Cuba.

Sassy New York is replaced by sultry Havana, as love and romance become embroiled in jealousy and murder. The action comes alive amidst vibrant costumes, spectacular sets, and sensational choreography. With glitz and glamour aplenty, the show-stopping numbers and thrilling musical score make for an unforgettable evening of good old-fashioned feel-good entertainment.

Tony Forte/Stephen John-Paul McCrohon
Lola La Mar/Samantha Caroline Archer
Gladys Murphy Jane Pegler
Rico Castelli Steve Reading
Conchita Alvarez Peta Mewett
Sam Silver Bill Price
Willie Brian Sweatman
Mr Brill/McManus Tony Collins
Skip/Carlos/Male Auditioner Ian Hanney
Luis Chris Clarke
Maitre D' Steve Guermonprez
Ladies Chorus Hayley Beames, Sally Brandon, Linda Partridge, Caroline Potter, Trish Pring, Layla Stapley, Annie Teahan, Sandra Tucker.
Gentlemens Chorus Chris Clarke, Irvine Forbes, Ian Hanney, Dave Harkness, Mike Naylor, Sam Sampson, Brian Sweatman.
Dancers Tanya Bourner, Julia Brown, Scarlett Christie, Julie Davies, Charlotte Engall, Nancy Cunningham, Emma Hall, Shelley Hill, Kim Joyce, Kate Langrish, Sarah Lockhart, Caroline Meek, Kerry Partridge, Carole Perrott, Alice Phillpot, Suzi Ruffell, Helen Stoddart, Stephanie Treagust.
Producer & Choreographer Audrey Pring
Musical Director Alan Pring
Official Accompanist Jean Porter
Assistant Choreographer Sara Harkness
Stage Director Colin D Justice
Stage Manager Michael Williams
Assistant Stage Managers Pete Langrish & George Phillpot
Stage Crew Peter Price, Vic Bolton, Paul Hodge, Paul Cross, Dave Churcher, Tom Potts, Sandra Whitmore-Jones, Mick Cooper, Steve Bundey, Darren Garland, Paul Maber.
Head Flyman Jason Smith
Fly Crew Norman Price and Kate Evans
Sound Mitchell Sound (Steve & Kathy Oldfield)
Lighting Design Lee Stoddart
Property Mistress Amanda Knight
Property Assistants Sheila Stoddart and Myra Jones
Wardrobe Co-ordinator Carole Gennings
Wardrobe Assistant Maureen Francis
Hair and Make-up Christine Wenzel
Hair and Make-up Assistant Marion Williams
Publicity Steve Guermonprez and Caroline Archer
Front of House Photographs Ivan Saunders
Ticket Controller Anita Waterhouse
Ticket Assistants Pat Wallace and Linda Smither
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Reed 1 Paul Styles
Reed 2 Mandy Moffet
Reed 3 Colin Campbell
Keyboard 1 Tony Peglar
Keyboard 2 Anna Pring
Bass Andrew Atkins
Piano Jean Porter
Trumpet 1 John Yates
Trumpet 2 Roger Hammond
Trumpet 3 Peter Pring
Trombone 1 Gareth Llewelyn
Trombone 2 Dave Thomas
Kit Ernie McBernie