2005: Smike (Children's Theatre)

 

'Smike' is adapted from Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby. It opens in a contemporary school where a new English teacher finds it difficult to gain the interest of his class. He overcomes this problem when he hits on the idea of turning the book they are studying, Nicholas Nickleby, into a musical. We are swept back in time to the misery of Dotheboys Hall, where life is a mater of survival; avoiding the leaden hand of Mr Squeers and the daily dose of brimstone and treacle.

The story ends happily with the children overpowering their captors before we return to the present day and find the class has learnt many lessons from the exercise.

 


 

Our 2005 cast is:

 

Headmaster / Mr Squeers - Jonathon Rodgers

Miss Grant / Fanny Squeers - Shona Fraser

Nicholls / Nickleby - Scott Jess

Smeeton / Smike - Marc Mackinnon

Brown / Bolder - Stewart Carter

Tubby / Wackford Squeers Jnr. - John Brown

Coates / Cobby - Sarah Page

Plank / Master Belling - Catriona Dunk

Marsh / Greymarsh - Heather Tulloch

Mr Snawley - Fraser Chalmers

Mrs Squeers - Jennifer MacLennan

Rachel - Catriona Fraser

Mr Ralph Nickleby - Stephen Campbell

Tilda - Ashley Boyle

 

Producer...Lesley Easton

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Lesley Scott