Shooting Star Chase Hospice

FOLLOWING sell-out performances of Cats last year, the dynamic Biz Theatre School returns to Woking next week with Chicago (High School Edition).

The Biz Theatre School returns with ol’ razzle dazzle

It is a specially adapted version of the classic musical that maintains the plot, score and Fosse-styled choreography, but makes it more appropriate for both young and old audience members to enjoy.

Set in the 1920s and telling the stories of vaudevillians Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, both charged with murder, it takes the audience to night clubs and to prison and the merry murderesses to celebrity and ultimately freedom.

Songs include All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You’re Good To Mama, Mr Cellophane, and of course, Razzle Dazzle. Once again, the Biz summer school production will be raising money for children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase, and Chicago comes to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Friday 16 August and Saturday 17 August.

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WOKING women who stripped off for a charity calendar have posed for a second one, this time dressed as St Trinian’s schoolgirls.

The venture is the brainchild of Radio Woking DJ Christine Mabbutt who persuaded relatives and friends to pose naked, with strategically placed props, as the Woking Calendar Girls last year and raised £400 for Shooting Star Chase.

The Woking St Trinians, from left; Jo Taylor, Louise Mabbutt, Sue Mabbutt, Ann White, Christine  Mabbutt, Becky Upton, Alison Leah Ellis and Jan Wylie. Picture by Derek D’Souza 

The calendar was part of Jackfest, a musical festival in January this year that raised almost £2,500 for the children’s hospice, which regularly helps Christine’s nephew Jack Bruce, who has muscular dystrophy.

The gig was held at the Fiery Bird venue in Woking town centre but the next Jackfest is a family festival held at Portesbury School in Deepcut where Jack has been going since he was 3.

The Knaphill teenager is now 18 and will be leaving the school for a further education college.

“That is what partly inspired the St Trinian’s theme,” Christine said.

“It’s a great film, which we all love. We’ve themed it around sport and have hockey sticks, and badminton and tennis rackets,” she said.

The Woking St Trinian’s 2020 calendar, which is being produced by Knaphill Print, will be on sale at Jackfest for £10.

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THE Biz Theatre School raised £2,068.49 for Shooting Star Chase hospice through its three performances of the musical Cats at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking.

The Biz Theatre School’s fundraising cast of Cats

This means the school has now contributed a total of £ 37,304.33 to the charity through fundraising at its productions.

The school is holding open auditions this Saturday for eight to 21-year-olds to be part of its Chicago musical theatre summer school and production. Potential participants are welcome at Christ’s College in Larch Avenue, Guildford between noon and 2pm.

The young people selected will work with a top West End production team.

The theatre school’s production of its take on the Tony Award-winning musical will be at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on 16 and 17 August.

Chicago (High School Edition) will feature a full orchestra, scenery and stunning dance numbers.

It is a specially adapted version of the classic musical, maintaining the plot, score and Fosse-styled choreography, making it more appropriate for people of all ages.