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Here below is the letter our Class Singers received at their lessons yesterday:
BRUNEL: THE LITTLE MAN IN THE TALL HAT, JULY 2016
In September 2006 the JTPTrust performed a Youth Opera, ‘Brunel: The Little Man in the Tall Hat’ as part of the Brunel 200 South West Celebrations. The Opera is an hour long and it was our first major commission and collaboration with composer Betty Roe MBE and librettist Marian Lines. Originally we performed the opera at St Marks Church in the Railway Village.
The JTPTrust is VERY excited to announce that we are being given the opportunity and funding to revive and perform this wonderful Opera at Steam Museum as the highlight of the Swindon 175 Steam celebrations.
If you are not familiar with this Opera, it is the story of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, seen through the lives of the Swindon Railway workers and their families as they travel on the annual ‘Trip’ train to St Ives in Cornwall.
We will be giving 3 performances, one on Saturday 9 July and two on Sunday 10 July. We have already started rehearsals in classes who are cast as follows:
The Train Funnel (The ‘LittleLittle Man’) George Pell
The Engine, and Guards: Junior Boys
The Children on the Train (also the Sailors on the HMS Great Britain) Primary Class
Gold Skirts Trippers: Junior Girls 5.30 class
The Train Carriage Trippers: Junior Girls 6pm class
Railway Guards workers: LPAs
Upholstery Women Trippers: Concert and Training Choir
All the young Chorus will be intensely involved on stage throughout the Opera, as Swindon Trippers, Picnickers, Ghosts of Box Tunnel, Widows and Factory Workers in various choruses.
A supporting adult chorus will also be involved, who will be also playing the Engineers. William Pearson, who at age 8 played the Youngest Mr Brunel and is now at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is playing the part of IK Brunel. Natalie Chequer is playing the part of Lady Sophia Brunel and Stephanie Walsh will play Mary Brunel, IK’s wife.
Shaun Holley will be returning to play Engineer Dr Lardner in the ‘Gauge War’ and David Casey, who, in the original 2006 production played IK Brunel as an apprentice, will play his friend, engineer Daniel Gooch.
We have a lot to do to live up to our 2006 performances which were nationally acclaimed. We received excellent reviews in the ‘Church Times’ and ‘Singer’ magazines and which be at the desk for you to see.
The Final week rehearsal schedule is below with thorough rehearsal We can make make this production as professional as the 2006 production.
We are sure that you will all want to be involved in this very special opportunity and we ask that you please put these dates in your diaries now to be sure you are available.
We are looking forward to a great production.
OVERVIEW OF FINAL REHEARSALS IN STEAM MUSEUM
Week-end of 26 June
Publicity – costumed choruses sung in the body of Steam
Publicity, days + times to be decided
Sunday 3 July
All cast, Steam
Tuesday 5 July
6.00 – 9.30pm
All cast (Primary and Juniors earlier finish time)
Friday 8 July
All cast (Technical and Dress Rehearsal)
Saturday 9 July
All cast (Dress Rehearsal)
SATURDAY 9 JULY
7.00pm – 8.15pm
SUNDAY 10 JULY
SUNDAY 10 JULY
7.00 – 8.15PM