All aboard as Bath Light Operatic Group presents the wildly funny, daring and uplifting hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th November. Packed with a hit parade of dance-floor favourites, this feel-good stage show features a wealth of classics including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, It’s Raining Men, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Venus and I Love the Nightlife.
Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical tells the heart-warming story of Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette, three glamorous performance artists, searching for love and friendship, who end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed of. Embarking on an adventure across the Australian desert in a battered old bus called Priscilla, their journey of self-discovery culminates in a show unlike anything the locals have ever seen before.
Bath Light Operatic Group (BLOG) returns to the Theatre Royal Bath to dazzle audiences with this brand new production featuring an on-stage bus, and over 500 costumes and extraordinary head-dresses provided by the Isle of Wight’s Costume Workshop.
Produced to professional standards by a dedicated team, Bath Light Operatic Group’s performances of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical will be accompanied by a live orchestra. The forty-strong company – aged from ten to sixty-five years – hails from Bath, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Midsomer Norton, Frome, Melksham and Saltford. The show is directed and choreographed by Vicki Klein with musical direction by Matthew Finch.
Taking on the three principal roles are audience favourites David Baxter as Mitzi/Tick and Rob Dallimore as Bernadette with BLOG newcomer Ryan Hughes playing Felicia/Adam.
David Baxter makes a flamboyant return to BLOG after directing the company’s 2016 production of Annie. David trained at the Royal Ballet School before moving into musical theatre. After performing with BLOG at a young age before leaving Bath, he re-joined in 2008 to perform in 42nd Street and has remained a member since. David has also directed and choreographed for Bristol Musical Comedy Club.
Rob Dallimore has performed in numerous productions at the Theatre Royal Bath with both Bath Light Operatic Group and Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society. Recently he has played principal roles in Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver!, receiving a Rosebowl nomination for his role as Fagin.
Ryan Hughes, whilst new to BLOG, is familiar to Frome audiences having played many principal roles with Frome Musical Theatre Company.
Relishing the opportunity to sing a host of much-loved dancefloor classics – under the guise of ‘The Divas’ – are Rebecca Henderson, Aimi Kuhlke and Zoe Manifold, all experienced performers and long term members of BLOG.
Jill Kelly, a life member of BLOG and award-winning choreographer, is set to play the role of Shirley, having performed with the group for over 50 years.
Making their BLOG debut, sharing the role of nine-year-old Benji on alternate performances, are Daniel Hammond and Joseph Walker, who both attend the Bath Theatre School.
Award-winning Vicki Klein makes her BLOG debut as director and choreographer of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Vicki has produced more than sixty-five shows with companies in Bristol and London, winning NODA Best Musical Awards for her productions of Pippin, West Side Story, Windy City, Hair, Evita and Billy Elliot. She has also won Rose Bowl Awards for her productions of Singin’ in the Rain, The Wiz, Hot Mikado, Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, and earlier this year won an award for her staging of the musical Starlight Express with Bristol Musical Youth in a nightclub. Vicki has also directed shows at the Bristol Hippodrome, Weston Playhouse, Redgrave Theatre and Frome Memorial Theatre.
Musical Director Matthew Finch has worked with BLOG since 1997, first taking on the role as their Musical Director in 1999. He has worked most recently on BLOG’s productions of Annie in 2016, Sister Act in 2015, Jesus Christ Superstar in 2014, South Pacific in 2013, The Sound of Music in 2012 and Disney’s Beauty & the Beast in 2011 – all at Bath’s Theatre Royal.
This is a milestone production for Bath Light Operatic Group as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert has never been performed in Bath before. Helen Feierabend, Chair of Bath Light Operatic Group said: “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is such an uplifting musical to perform. It’s a story filled with warmth and charm, it’s about being proud of who you are, about inclusion and acceptance, and it’s full of fun, music and dancing. We can’t wait to entertain audiences at the Theatre Royal so come and join us for the best party in town’.
Bath Light Operatic Group first performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in 1956 when they staged The Geisha. Over the years the group has achieved much critical success, winning Bristol Post Rose Bowl Awards for Pickwick, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Barnum. BLOG has also won the N.O.D.A Award for Excellence for its productions of South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and Sweeney Todd.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th November. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or book online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk