Haberdasher’s Monmouth students to deliver musical called Songs for a New World

Haberdasher’s Monmouth students to deliver musical called Songs for a New World

25 February 2022

Four outstanding vocalists at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools will be delivering a musical masterpiece for two nights at The Blake Theatre in March.

Sam Britner, Lily Lewis, Danny Lloyds and Ffion Sheppard are starring in Songs for a New World, a musical written by three-time Tony Award winning composer and lyricist, Jason Robert Brown.

Songs for a New World will feature an array of vocally demanding, toe-tapping, and heart-wrenching refrains on Friday 18th March and Saturday 19th March from 7.30pm.

Director, Mr Simon Riordan, Director in Residence of Co-curricular Productions at Monmouth School for Girls, describes the four singers as ‘a vocal dynamic you’d be hard-pressed to find outside the West End’.

With Monmouth School for Girls’ Director of Music, Mr Derek Harris as Musical Director and pianist, the eagerly-awaited production will include a 10-piece professional band and a variety of genres, including pop, gospel and jazz.

A troupe of 18 dancers with Ms Rhyan Parry’s Dance 4 Life will light up the stage for Brown’s cornerstone production with an eye-catching routine for one of the highlights – The Stream Train.

Mr Riordan says: “We will be showcasing the talent of each member of the cast via their skills as actor-musicians and actor-dancers, while many of the students choreographing their own routines.

“Somewhere between a musical and a revue, Songs for a New World presents a powerful collection of toe-tapping numbers that will move you to dance, dream, or despair from start to finish and create an evening that you’ll never forget.

“The production is possibly best described as a love letter to that time in your life when everything changes for better or worse; as the show transports you through space and time, meeting a startling number of characters along the way.

“Each character may be different on the surface, but all represent our hopes and dreams for a new and better world.”

He adds: “We are delighted that Asha Sparks, from Year 12, has designed the art for our fabulous posters and programmes and our hugely-anticipated two-night production is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in Monmouth to celebrate the exceptional hard work and talent of our students.”

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