Bristol Hippodrome

Singin' In the Rain - The Big Act April 2017

The reviews are in...

Put together in just 48 hours, ‘Singing in the Rain’ at the Bristol Hippodrome was an absolute delight. Bringing together a 150 or so youngsters must have its challenges but none were apparent as the brilliant cast sang and danced in front of a packed theatre. 
Young talent was abundant, with many that I’m sure we will see on the stage or screen in the future. Archie Fisher played Cosmo Brown brilliantly with an endearing smile and the confidence of a pro while Ella Hicken played Lina Lamont splendidly.

Her voice was perfect for the budding – and irritating - movie star! 
The impressive cast were expertly supported by the magnificent young singers and dancers and it was lovely to see so much Nailsea talent on stage. 
Having first auditioned back in February, the cast rehearsed relentlessly to put the show together in 48 hours and perform the show in front of the audience for the very first time. No dress rehearsals or run through for them! 
An amazing feat.

Congratulations to all involved. 

Jo Hopkinson


Unbelievable! I cannot believe what happened this weekend. 
Words will never describe nor do fair justice to the talent, generosity, passion and enthusiasm of every single person we've had the honour of working with this weekend. 
Our theatre school students absolutely smashed their showcase performance at Bristol Hippodrome and left us all beaming with pride. 
It was beautiful to see such wonderfully creative young performers shining on stage and loving every moment! And, of course our 48hr challenge to produce Singin' In The Rain... well, what can I say to even try to explain the roller coaster of emotions and the indescribable experience. 
An incredible group of performers and crew alike coming together to create something genuinely unique and special. 
The effort invested in the show by every single person from cast and crew was humbling, heart-warming and sincerely touching. 
From the bottom of our hearts thank you to everyone who supported the production in whatever capacity.

We had singing, we had dancing, we had rain... and we had an absolute blast!


The Big Act team

What a day! 
Being part of the backstage help for the big Acts 48hr challenge for this year’s production of Singin’ In The Rain is amazing, what a talented bunch of students and an amazing team of directors and teachers, mind blowing how they are going to pull it all off in 48hrs from start to finish but am so proud to be part of it! 
It was so good   - they were all amazing so proud to be part of it.
Feeling a bit like a zombie the day after but totally worth it.

Mum Vikki Jones whose daughter Olivia performed a solo piece

Curtain call in 48hrs

PREVIEW: Hundreds of young hopefuls auditioned for a part in an extra special production of Singin’ In The Rain at the Bristol Hippodrome this April.
More than 400 went to the audition and only 130 young people were chosen to take part in the show which will be put together from scratch in a challenging 48 hours.
Among the successful Nailsea singers and dancers are Polly Bush, Des Coghlan-Forbes, Katie Evans, Olivia Jones and Sophie Penney.
They now get the opportunity to work with a professional production team learning the script and choreography.
The curtain will rise at 7.30pm on Sunday, April 23 on The Big Act musical theatre school’s production – a mere 48 hours after the company of ten- to 21-year-olds first begin learning the show’s 23 songs, 15,000-word script and 8,000 dance moves.
“It may sound like a crazy feat to attempt but it’s clearly an idea which appeals to young people,” says director Martin Williams, who runs The Big Act, based in Wilson Place, St Paul’s. 
“This year we received more than 400 applications to take part and saw so much talent it was really difficult having to choose just 130.”
Singin’ In The Rain is the seventh show to get the 48-hour treatment from The Big Act. 
Previous productions include We Will Rock You, based on the songs of Queen; Seussical, inspired by the characters from the Dr Seuss books; and Fame The Musical.
Martin added: “So far, our challenge shows have always delighted audiences and I am confident Singin’ In The Rain will do the same.  
“It is such a feel-good show, packed with warm humour, great songs and thrilling dance routines. 
“And it is bound to get extra lift when audiences see how much hard work, talent and zestful energy our youthful cast add to it.”
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