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People ask me all the time why i like music? Well I suppose the answer would be doesn't every one!
From a young age Music became my passion and is now a big part of my life.
I love being on stage :-)
I now have BBC Introducing badges that I have been allowed to add to my site for my record
"People Can Change"
This page will be dedicated to what I have being doing so far
BILSTON OPERATIC YOUTH & BOA YEAR 13's
I have been lucky enough to have been cast as both lead males over the last 6 months playing Warner for BOA's production in November 2018 and Emit for Bilston Operatic Youth Production March 2019
It was somewhat arduous playing the character of Warner as his pompous snobbish character is far from my own, Emmett on the other hand with his scruffy vibes and amazing duets was a far more enjoyable role to play. Yet again I had the privilege of working with two hugely talented casts and amazing leading ladies.
The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and in 2001 adapted for film, the lead character a dippy blonde socialite called Elle Woods, signs up to Harvard Law School to try and get her ex-boyfriend Warner back. Upon discovering that her knowledge of the law can help others she triumphantly defends Brooke Wyndham exercise guru in her murder trial.
The show is full of colourful characters and boosts an array of fantastic songs comprising of Serious, Omigod You Guys, Blood in the Water and There! Right There to name a few.
Please take a lillte time to read the reviews
Phantom of The Opera
In March 2019 I played the shared role of Raoul performed by BOA year 13s for our swansong show at The Old Rep Theatre Birmingham.
I found this show to be the most challenging of all the shows I have taken part in so far. Not having the most natural legit singing voice vocally I had to work extremely hard to do the character justice. The set and costumes were amazing, and I really enjoyed performing alongside some extremely talented actresses.
The story is based around a deformed, bitter man known only as the Phantom who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the chorus singer Christine, and tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.
Click for 5* review from Theatretastics
Lichfield Music Youth Theatre
Rent is a fantastic rock musical that tells the story of a group of poor young artists struggling to survive whilst they try and create a life in New York City's East Village. With elements of love, broken relationships, poverty and detrimental impact HIV/AIDS can have on life, this show is not for the faint hearted. The songs are amazing and the cleverly written lyrics portray the feel of the book by Jonathan Larson perfectly.
October 2018 I played the role of Roger in Rent the Musical for 6 show's at the new A3 Arena in the Forest Arts Centre Walsall. Roger has been my dream role and I found it to be not only vocally challenging but it also stretched my acting skills especially in the emotional scenes with Mark and during the final scene with Mimi, this talented cast comprising of 16 - 22 year old achieved rapturous applause, tears and a standing ovation for each performance. This is one show I wished would never end.
It was a really enjoyable experience working with LMYT and co directors Jessica Lambert /choreographer & Oliver Rowe /Musical director, for more details on their latest events, shows and contact details use this link to their Facebook page.
click for review by Christopher Wile @Chris_Wiley
YMTUK "HELP! GET ME OUT OF THIS MUSICAL"
What an amazing summer I have had yet again this year! Spending part of August with a great cast, rehearsing and performing in YMTUK's brand new show "Help! Get Me Out of This Musical".
I played one of the lead roles, Callum, a school bully who was thrust into a parallel world of musicals. This musical written by John Nicholson was packed full of toe-tappingly catchy music from award-winning composer Alexander Rudd, helped along by the vocal direction from the very talented Adam Gerber bringing fast-paced, side-splitting comedy, delivered through the tumultuous experience of teenage life!
The cleaver choreography created by Julia Crave and direction from Luke Sheppard involved the whole cast using every inch of the stage and involved me comedically attempting a pirouette and drop splits.
Great fun to perform and leaving me with fantastic memory’s and life long friends.
The show was performed over 4 shows at South Hill Park Arts Centre Wilde Theatre in Berkshire
click for review By Emaleigh Conn
BOA YEAR 12 MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE
The theme of literacy and books was the inspiration for this showcase with year 12 creating a catalogue of toe tapping Musical numbers from shows such as Once on an Island, Oklahoma, Seussical, Matilda, Les Miserable, Heathers and Shrek just to name a few. My own song called History Unfolds was the final number in the first act bringing all year 12 together on stage, looking fantastic in their blue and white denim, singing a pitch perfect 8 part harmonie. The show was challenging but great fun performing to a packed house at The Old Rep in Birmingham.
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
BILSTON YOUTH THEATRE
In April 2018 at Dormston Mill Theatre, Sedgley I performed as Horton the elephant in Bilston Youth Theatre production of Seussical. What a great experience and a privilege to work with such a talented cast and not to forget Laura Canadine for her wonderful direction and Sam Deakin for the fantastic song arrangements.
The show was a great success having the most amazing Scenery, lighting, and fab costumes... especially mine (As shown in picture) thanks to Jo Evans. The cat in the red and white hat and a small boy called Jojo did “Seussical the Musical” proud. The story written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty shared many sassy characters, The Sour Kangaroo, Gertude McFuzz,, Mazie La bird and an array of colorful bird girls. All the circus performers, Whikersham and Who’s added the finishing touches to make this a really enjoyable show.
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A TEENAGE OPERA by YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE UK
"Wow" what a summer! after a three-week rehearsal schedule, I played the part of a transgender male called Maxine, this has probably been my most challenging roles yet. I enjoyed playing the part and even managed to dance in 6" heals.
The songs were written by Mark Wirtz in 1967 as part of a show to have been called A Teenage Youth Music Theatre UK staged the world premiere of the show after a half-century pause. Wirtz has collaborated with West to finish the rock opera ready for its golden anniversary. Additional lyrics have been written by Pete Gallagher and directed by the very talented Julie Atherton
THE OTHER SCHOOL BOA YEAR 11
In February I played the role of Kester, a confident 13-year-old in The Other School for BOA year 11 production. Adapted from the book by Dominic Marsh, Music and Lyrics were cleverly written By Dougal Irvine
Songs include Boring, How I Got To School, If It Were There, Am I Ready, My Fault, When you are dead, It’s ok to be you, Mr Mortens interesting facts about death and many more.
I found the role to be somewhat challenging and out of my normal comfort zone, The story line is emotional and follows the main characters Kester (13) and Polly (15) Parish between the realms, unbeknown to them Kester is run over by a bus and somehow both the children are transported to “The Other School” after appearing in a class room full of dead students who one by one, start to recount tragic accidents which resulted in their deaths and subsequent enrolment them at The Other School. Polly and Kester are horrified. As far as they know they don’t have a reason;
This Musical takes the audience through a confusing and emotional journey where the children have to come to terms with the afterlife, while dealing with class Bullies and the loss of a living family.
BILSTON OPERATIC COMPANY
In April 2017, I played the role of Ren in Bilston Youth Theatre's explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation Footloose, performed at the 350 seater Dormston Mill Theatre in Sedgley.
Based on the 1980s-hit film that took the world by storm, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone. I am proud to have worked alongside this very talented young cast. The show was a great success and had very favourable reviews.
"Joe Riley leads the piece with Click for review by LMT strength and ease, producing
some nice moments vocally,
and clear dance capabilities"
At the end of each night all the audience stood and dance to the finally medley of the unforgettable title track Footloose creating an electric atmosphere
WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR
Wow what a summer, yet again I was lucky enough to be offered a place on a Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) show this summer I performed in a new musical called "What i go to school for" it was staged at the beautiful Theatre Royal, Brighton
I was chosen to play the lead of James Bourne. the whole experience was incredible and I was privileged to work with the most amazing cast and crew, I even got to work with Busted’s very own James Bourne.
The show featuring some of Busted’s biggest hits Air Hostess, Crashed the Wedding and Year 3000 plus a host of brand new songs, What I Go To School For followed a group of teenagers living in a world that just doesn’t understand them. Desperate to escape their humdrum hometown, they soon discover the need to break the rules to found out who they really are.
James Bourne and award-winning writer Elliot Davis teamed up with Youth Music Theatre UK for a third time to present this electrifying new show WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR – the BUSTED musical!
The show was Directed by Olivier nominated Steve Dexter and Musical Director Michael Bradley Choreographer Ewan Jones
and finally Lighting Designer Derek Anderson
YMT GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
This summer I was involved in a spectacular YMT musical adaptation of Gulliver's Travels at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast,
I had the most amazing time and was lucky enough to work with some extremely talented people within YMT, the musical was written by Andrew Doyle with music from the critically-acclaimed Belfast-born musician Duke Special. Dynamic, musically ambitious & bracingly eccentric, directed by Des Kennedy and choreographed by Jennifer Rooney, who both come from Northern Ireland?
The story is a voyage through unknown lands with mythical creatures of Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical tale magically brought to life on stage. It follows Lemuel Gulliver on his whirlwind expedition as he finds himself washed ashore after a devastating shipwreck. Captured by the miniature beings of Lilliput and exploited by the giants of Brobdingnag, Gulliver journeys through wild lands encountering new civilizations, experiencing all things weird and wonderful.
Our performance was awarded a star rating of: ★ ★ ★ ★ Review by Michael Quinn from Onstage,
It was a privilege to work with such a talented cast and be a member of a well organised and exciting theatre company.
Last summer I was asked to perform at several charity events, I really enjoyed all of them and hopefully I entertained and helped to raise some money. Here are just a few
1940's Family Fun Day
On Saturday 27th June I performing 2 sets of 7 songs at the Pelsall common 1940's Family Fun Day, I managed to learn a few of the well-known oldies and sang "We'll meet again" during the very moving veterans parade.
Rosie's Helping Hands
I performed at The Longhorn pub in Aldridge for Rosie's walkers on the 5th July. The charity was set up in the memory of Rosie's Ross and donates money to helps local children in the Walsall area to have better and healthier lives
On 3rd July in Aldridge, West Midlands I sang 5 songs at the BENefit Gig 2015, The event was inspired by Ben Sambrook who tragically died of a brain tumour. The Gig was a great success and raised lots of money for the well-deserved brain tumour support charity, the event was compared by the voice over actor MC Marc Silk.
YMT HARVEST FIRE
I had a truly amazing time and meet some awesomely talented people while taking part in the YMT summer 2014 production of Harvest Fire
Fire is a bold, exciting, energetic and emotional new piece of theatre created by the 32 teenage cast members of YMT and director Lewis Barfoot
Basic plot, a new festival called harvest fire is beginning and once you've entered, you will never be the same again. A mix of the Burning Man festival and Burns Night, candlelight and fire.
We based the play around five festival tents each giving a different experience and emotion. The king/queen tent, the magician’s tent, the warrior tent, the lover’s tent and finally the tent of truth.
We performed the paly at the Lemon Tree Theatre as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival
INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD
It is more than a renowned choral music festival. It is a celebration of music, dance, costume and culture from nations around the world. It embraces talent and is bringing it to the world stage for Llangollen 2014.
On the 8th July I had an amazing day at the Llangollen 2014 Eisteddfod.
I performed on one of the open air stages completing a 12 songs set, 5 of which were my own and 7 covers.
I performed on children's day- rhythms of the world In front of many schools and family's but any one was welcome. I meet lots of very interesting people from all over wales, they made me feel extremely welcome and I enjoyed it immensely.
ALDRIDGE DOES VERIETY
Busking in Aldridge
On Saturday I spent a cold but enjoyable afternoon in Aldridge busking to promote this year’s Aldridge Does variety. As last year’s Winner I was kindly invited to perform as a guest at this year’s Final on May 3rd 2014 of Aldridge Does variety.
Yet again the extremely high standard of performances left the judges with a very difficult decision.
I particularly liked the 4 guitar playing singers, but wining spot was awarded to Amie Faulkner for her knock out performance.
If you would like to see one my performance's Not While I'm Around its posted on my video page.
YMT GREAT EXPECTAITONS 2013
In May 2013 I was offered a place in the cast of Youth Music Theatre UK an adaptation of Great Expectations at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
I stayed at Kingston University for 2 weeks prior to the Show with all the other cast members. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend YMT to any young actor, singer or dancer
The 900 seat Rose Theatre in Kingston was a fantastic venue and once the scene was set it was like diving in to the Dickensian era its self.
2013 I was chosen to take part in a brand new CBBC show called Turbo Boost. The programs aim was to take a talent and make it better. I asked for help playing the guitar and singing at the same time.
Firstly, I meet Nina Nesbitt who helped with my timing, I drove a tank to help with my coordination. I busked in Birmingham with the amazing Robbie Boyd who gave me great advice on engaging the crowd.
To help with my stage performance I sang a duet with Gabriel Aplin at Camp Bestival.
After receiving some last minuet advice from Brian Briggs (Stornaway) and Aston Merrygold (JLS). My final challenge was to performed solo on the Mountain stage at the Green Man Festival playing to over 12,000 people.
STAR YOUTH TALENT
May 2014 at the Goldmine Centre in Walsall, I came runner up in the Star Youth Talent competition.
The competition is the brain child of Jeannette Lewis and is open to any teenager from within the community of the West Midlands.
STAR held the regional heats in Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
The 3 categories were Music, Dance & Fashion and were judged by
Jenny Taylor fashion Designer &Artist, BBC contestant from ‘Great British Sewing Bee 2014’
Mel Harris a choreographer and director of the Fountain of Youth performance company.
Mark Anthony a record label owner & producer, owner of A&R consultant for rising artists.
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