It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Manor’s long time and much loved choreographer, Maggie Roberts (known professionally as Maggie Moriarty) recently passed away at home. Her first show as Manor’s choreographer was Fiddler on the Roof in 2008. Other shows she choreographed for us included Guys and Dolls in 2011, Die Fledermaus in 2012, Oklahoma in 2014, Calamity Jane in 2016 and Kiss Me Kate in 2018. She also choreographed Manor’s most innovative and adventurous show to date, the excellent The Addams Family in 2019 which received some of our best critical feedback. Maggie had also been choreographer for several other local musical theatre groups including Studley Operatic Society and Abingdon Operatic Society; as well as choreographer for Applause a cabaret group she ran with her husband and close friends.
Maggie was much loved by all those at Manor who had the pleasure of working with her and her special character, patience and mischievous wit will be greatly missed by us all. The society have made a donation to her favourite charity “Hounds for Heroes” in her memory.
Our sincere condolences go out to her husband Malcolm Roberts for his very sad loss.
Manor Musical Theatre Company's 2021 Production
Wednesday 27th to Sunday 30th October 2021 at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
We are all excited and overjoyed to get the licence for this very popular musical *Oliver*
Anyone interested in joining the company please enquire via the email found on our More page the Join us section.
Alternatively contact us through our Manor Musical Theatre Facebook page and Lia Cadman
Rehearsal and audition dates to be confirmed and will be announced here and on our Facebook page
Our Crazy for You inspirational show team & pictures from the hard working cast in rehearsal from September 2019 to our shut down due to current circumstances in March.
Tim Harding Musical Director Pam & James Garrington Producers Jennie Mason Choreography
Our two lead characters Lauren Neale and Robert Batemen
The Crazy for You *Follies Dancers*
Manor MTC supporting local *Acorns Children's Hospice* raised a total of £ 230 while singing Christmas carols at New Oscott Village retirement complex and the Wetherspoon Bishop Vesey pub in Boldmere.
special thanks to all Manor members who supported the event and all those who put their generous donations into the bucket swing for this very worthy charity.
We look forward as always to the communities support for our show *Crazy for You* next April.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy healthy new year.
28th September 2019 matinee and evening concert
What a splendid afternoon at your concert. The programme was excellent and as Les Mis is our favorite we were delighted. It was nice to hear music from other shows too. You have some amazing vocalists. The refreshments were good too. Look forward to your next show.
Best Wishes to you all and thank you for a great afternoon.
Myself and 2 friends attended the afternoon concert at St Micheal's. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, only negative was the sound system but having said that the Manor troupe overcame it, the programme length was fine and I particularly liked the mixture of songs. Lovely to see the youngsters taking part.
Looking forward to the show in April, will try and get some friends to come along.
Please pass on my congratulations and love to everyone.
These Manor activities enable to raise money for local charities
£200 for Acorns Children's Hospice from the concert & our Christmas Carols last year
The Addams Family Sutton Town Hall 19th-23rd March 2019
Wow what a brilliant dress rehearsal, fab lighting, sound, music, comedy, costumes energy and enthusiasm fabulous principles and a great chorus of ancestors in support. A must show come on down.
<<Photo credit Nikolas Stylianou
A brilliant rehearsal night review below from *Theatretastic*
The Addams Family – Manor Musical Theatre Company
We had the pleasure of reviewing their 2018 production of Kiss Me Kate, and we were delighted to accept an invite by the company to the final dress rehearsal of this year’s annual production of The Addams Family.
attending the final dress rehearsal for this production. Even without an audience, the company under the direction of Pam and James Garrington, delivered an atmospheric, funny, energetic production. Every detail from the set, props and lighting to the excellent costumes (Triple C Costume Hire) and make-up (Charlie Freeman and Gemma Freeman) helped to recreate the spooky, zany world that we associate with the iconic Addams Family. There was also attention to detail with the creepy, spooky movement in the choreography by Maggie Moriarty.
I was extremely impressed by the talented orchestra led by Musical Director, Tim Harding, as they delivered this diverse score with precision and pizzazz. A few of my favourite songs from the musical include When You’re An Addams, Pulled and Waiting and I was not disappointed by the performances on the night.
It is always refreshing to see an amateur production where casting has been given a serious thought. Mark Skett gave one of our favourite male performances in an amateur production as the iconic Gomez Addams. This is a demanding role and Skett was flawless from start to finish, even his impressive Spanish accent never faltered! Where there is a Gomez, there has to be a Morticia and Beth Hooper gave a straight faced, confident, sassy performance as his gothic wife.
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Karrise Willetts, Wednesday, and Tom Lafferty as husband-to-be Lucas. Both have wonderful stage presence and vocals to match. This is also similar to the partnership and chemistry between Megan Daniels, Alice, and Richard Parry, Mal, Lucas’s parents. A stand out musical performance of the night was Daniels performance of Waiting as her impressive vocals flooded the Town Hall.
You can’t imagine the Addams Family without eccentric Uncle Fester played by Andy Hooper. Hooper made us smile with his charming performance, especially in the musical number, The Moon and Me. Kate Dyer had us laughing as kooky Grandma Addams and Jack Dolaghan delivered a confident performance as the deviant Pugsley. James Dolaghan commanded the stage as one of my favourite characters, Lurch. Dolaghan had a wonderful voice, which we heard briefly at the end of the production when Lurch sings, which was a real treat.
This was an extremely professional production by a company with impressive vocal abilities who could also deliver challenging harmonies, something some amateur theatre productions struggle to conquer. If this was the standard of the show at the final dress rehearsal with just a few tweaks left to make, then we are certain that this production is going to be a hit with local audiences this week!
We say: “This is an atmospheric, energetic, professional performance by an impressive company!”
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