Alloa Musical Players

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We are excited to announce that "Chicago" (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb) will be the next production by Alloa Musical Players to be staged in Alloa Town Hall from 26th - 29th February 2020.  Rehearsals begin at Alloa Rugby Club with a Welcome Evening on Monday 19th August and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until the show. Auditions for roles will be head a few weeks into the rehearsal schedule. New members in any capacity are most welcome.


Our Artistic Director/Dance Director for this production is Kaye Finlay and our Musical Director will be Lesley Easton.

In summer 2019 we are fundraising to support the staging of our March 2020 production of Chicago.  Here is our first event - a family singalong to the movie, The Greatest Showman - details below.  Only 100 seats are available so buy them in advance from the Dumyat Centre if you want to be sure of a place!  
There will be refreshments on sale and a wee raffle too.

We have worked with the Wee County Crafters to store costumes and props ...
and also make some of them!

  • Nellie's Shower
    Nellie's Shower
  • Bloody Mary's Stall
    Bloody Mary's Stall
  • Billis's Washing Machine
    Billis's Washing Machine
  • Evita's Bed
    Evita's Bed
  • Alva - where it all happens
    Alva - where it all happens

Response from our "Urinetown" audience

"Well done everyone and welcome to the 21st century. A smack in the face up to date show and performed with great gusto."

"Amazing opening night everyone! What a very talented bunch!

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show and laughed from the very first scene through to the finale."

"Congratulations on a great run. I loved the show and the performances were second to none."
It wasn't good - it was bloody good ! X”

"Really enjoyable Brecht parody - love the Steam Punk feel - well done!"

"Brilliant! Visually stunning! Wonderfully manic! Deliciously camp! AMP, I salute you!"

"Don't let the name put you off was there last night this musical is funny and has some great musical numbers. The cast were excellent. Well done everyone."


And from the Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser - a fine review! CLICK HERE

Get-in and Tech

Publicity Shots Slideshow

Early Urinetown Cast Photos Hot off the Press

  • Cladwell & Pennywise
    Cladwell & Pennywise
  • Little Becky Two Shoes
    Little Becky Two Shoes
  • Bobby Strong & Hope Cladwell
    Bobby Strong & Hope Cladwell
  • Little Sally
    Little Sally
  • Sally with Officer Lockstock
    Sally with Officer Lockstock
Cladwell & Pennywise
Cladwell & Pennywise

AMP Entertains at the Burns Supper of Alloa Rugby Club

  • Lesley Kettles, Kirsty Gillies & Alan Musgrave
    Lesley Kettles, Kirsty Gillies & Alan Musgrave
  • Lindsey Spowage & Hugh MacDonald
    Lindsey Spowage & Hugh MacDonald
  • Rob McDermott
    Rob McDermott

TEN YEARS OF ALLOA MUSICAL PLAYERS

Who is Malthus?

The Malthusian Theory of Population is a theory of exponential population growth and arithmetic food supply growth. Thomas Robert Malthus, an English cleric, and scholar published this theory in his 1798 writings, An Essay on the Principle of Population. 


In “Urinetown”, Becky Two-Shoes represents the population explosion. And Caldwell B. Cladwell, by creating then capitalising on a water shortage, is adopting Malthusian techniques allied with straightforward greed, to control – or oppress the lower classes.


Malthus argued that because the population of the world is growing faster than our ability to produce food, many people will starve. The world might even be destroyed.


He observed that natural and man-made disasters would help population control, but controversially he also advocated using preventative measures to control the growth of the population. These measures include contraception, late marriages, and celibacy.


As Little Sally observes, although the music of “Urinetown” is happy – this is not a happy musical! The poor have few morals or scruples either. They are happy to kill for immediate gratification.


Only one character, Hope Cladwell has learned moral outrage (at University) and she convinces Bobby Strong to start the revolution. Unusually for a musical, even the hero dies! “Hail Malthus!”



Mr Cladwell - the caricature villain and boss of the Urine Good Company warns his staff and his idealistic daughter:


"Don't Be the Bunny!"


Don't be the bunny

Don't be the stew

Don't be the loser

You've got better things to do

You're born to power

You're in the money

Advice to you ....

Don't be the bunny! 

 


Back to rehearsals on Monday 7th January!


So the Christmas party was amazing ... but

This was our URGENT Christmas Appeal!


Old Man Strong (Rob McDermott) pleads with Ms Pennywise (Kirsty Gillies) for access to her "amenity" - but no-one gets to pee for free!


How did this happen?  When?  Where?


You can find out first week of March ... Tickets


Pub Quiz successfully completed!



Kirsty, Louise and Lesley - not crowing at all ....


Otherwise known as:  Ms Pennywise, Little Becky Two-Shoes and Officer Barrel


ALLOA MUSICAL PLAYERS


16th November 7.30 pm


Alloa Rugby Club



We brought friends! We won prizes!



We raised money to keep the show on the road!

Urinetown


The Support Team get busy ...


Costume design and planning underway with Jennie Spowage.

Urinetown

The show is cast ...

Here is George.  George is playing evil tycoon Caldwell Cladwell.  In one of his more genial moments he is sharing his fudge with the hero of Urinetown, Bobby Strong, played by Michael.  

In the background you can see Rob trying to negotiate his way out of playing Old Man Strong with Dance and Creative Director, Kaye.  

Right at the back, there's Steven, Musical Director, studying is Highway Code.
Rehearsals

Knowing the score ...


Our big box of hired scripts/scores has arrived - here is a copy appropriately sitting on a toilet.

We are rehearsing currently in Alloa Rugby Club FK10 1QW.
Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm from now to March 2019. 

Do just come along - however  contacting us to check arrangements is also an idea!

Urinetown is set in a future where the government creates, then takes advantage of a terrible water-shortage by banning private toilets. Citizens are forced to pay to use public toilets instead, and those who can’t pay or won’t pay are exiled to Urinetown. The public amenities are regulated by big business baddy Mr Cladwell and his megacorporation Urine Good Company, who profit by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Urinetown tells the story of Bobby Strong’s journey towards freedom and justice, as he leads the oppressed population in a revolt against the system. This outrageous and self-mocking show parodies many musical stage favourites: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Les Mis, Cabaret – and has everything from rousing gospel choir and fabulous dance numbers to heartbreaking solos, all with a political/satirical twist. It’s a real roller coaster ride – and in this era of political mayhem, what could be more appropriate?!


A Welcome Evening and introduction to "Urinetown" was held on Monday 27th August - Alloa Rugby Club


The First Rehearsal and meeting our new Musical Director was Monday 3rd September - Alloa Rugby Club 


Rehearsals in Alloa Rugby Club are Mondays, Wednesdays and some Sunday afternoons until end February 2019

Steven Segaud

New Musical Director for Urinetown 

We would like to introduce a new musical talent to the wee county, Steven Segaud. Steven took up the post of Musical Director for AMP when music rehearsals began on 3rd September.


He comes to Alloa fresh from his role on the keyboard for a brilliant production of “Urinetown” by students of Glasgow University – it has become a popular choice for young companies everywhere.


Steven plays several instruments and is also a voice coach so we should be in very good hands.

Kaye Finlay

Dance and Artistic Director

Urinetown will be Kaye's third show with Alloa Musical Players. 

Kaye's extensive experience includes running her own Dance Company, choreographing many musicals, working as a Dance Facilitator with Falkirk Council and for Youth Scotland - and now directing musicals. She brings that rare combination of tough work with great fun. 

Her directing style is highly inclusive, which is a perfect match for AMP's values.
  • Salsa
    Salsa
  • Human Centipede
    Human Centipede
  • Handstand
    Handstand
  • The Lift
    The Lift

Dance Tutor and our Artistic Director, Kaye Finlay, worked with more than 20 participants in her physical theatre course over 6 Monday evenings this summer.  10 men and 11 women joined in in total - some regular members of AMP, some complete newcomers.  Stage fighting, how to lift each other, salsa, Charleston, street dance and much more were enjoyed - despite the unusually fierce heat of July and August!



AMP is grateful to the staff at Hawkhill Community Centre in Alloa, and to The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust who funded the workshops.