The Stephen Sondheim Society and London Theatre Workshop presented GOD a musical parody of Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Alistair Knights, Musical Director Alex Parker, God ran from the 8th to the 12th July as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.
God paid tribute to Stephen Sondheim and his genius, with a collection of material which affectionately celebrated and reflected our love for the great man himself. With tongue very firmly in cheek, there were gentle parodies that served to demonstrate his art, together with songs that reminedd us why we all love Sondheim PLUS brand new compositions inspired by Sondheim and written by some of the most exciting new musical theatre composers.
The creative team for the show were: Director – Alastair Knights and Musical Director – Alex Parker, who recently had great success with Putting It Together at St James Theatre, London.
Alastair Knights – Director
Alastair’s most recent project was working with Elaine Paige, staging the musical numbers for THE ELAINE PAIGE SHOW on Sky Arts. Earlier this year he directed the West End Premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER at St James Theatre, after having directed the show at GLive Studio in Guildford.
Alex Parker – Musical Director
AMD for STEPHEN WARD (Aldwych Theatre); THE PAJAMA GAME (Minerva Theatre); SOHO CINDERS (Soho Theatre). Alex’s credits as MD include A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Yvonne Arnaud); MARGUERITE (Tabard); ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Union); FOLLIES (Yvonne Arnaud). As a Producer, Alex recently co-produced and was Musical Supervisor for the London premiere of PUTTING IT TOGETHER at the St. James Theatre. Recently, Alex’s musical AMATEUR DRAMATICS: A MUSICAL COMEDY had its premiere at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
Emma is a BBC Fame Academy Bursary and Performers’ Fund winner, and a Stephen Sondheim Society Student of the Year Finalist (2009)
Training: London School of Musical Theatre. Recent credits include: Mrs Glegg in Mill on the Floss (Cheltenham Everyman Studios), Mrs Giant in Jack and the Giant (Chipping Norton theatre), Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years (Battersea Barge), Soloist in Prom 19: Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall), Cinderella/Flute in Into the Woods (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
Kris won the Stephen Sondheim Student Society Performer of the Year Award in 2012. Originally from Norway he trained at Bardar Academy, before gaining a BA in Musical Theatre from Guildford School of Acting where he graduated in 2012. Roles since graduating include: Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Combferre in Les Miserables (Norwegian Premiere), HMS Headwind (Landor Theatre) and most recently Holby City (BBC)
Corrine won the Stephen Sondheim Student Society Performer of the Year Award 2014 – only the second girl in its eight year history. Graduating this year from London School of Musical Theatre, she performed at Landor Theatre in London, From Page To Stage, Aria Entertainment. In training she played Viv Nicholson in Spend Spend Spend (musical).
Jay was a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Student Society Performer of the Year Award Competition 2014. He was also a finalist in the Carlton Hobbs Radio Award 2014. He is graduating this year as an Actor from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Final year shows at RWCMD include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Paines Plough’s George Perrin and most recently Moss and Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You directed by Robin Belfield.