Hoorah!! It is with enormous pleasure and relief that Stewart and Luke can finally announce that the next Morphic Graffiti production will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL! Wow – all that waiting! You’d think we had been planning global domination and a revival of Cats or something!!
In all seriousness, the past few months have been a labour of love and we have been working alongside some incredible people to get the production lined up for a season at the Arcola Theatre. This beautiful venue is perfect for our ‘reimagining’ of the story of Carousel and are looking forward to a brilliant time over in Dalston with the team at the theatre!
So what can you expect from Morphic Graffiti? Well, the answer is hopefully something that is going to shed a new light on this classic story of Julie Jordan and Carousel barker, Billy Bigelow. Working with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, we have been exploring this piece ever since Stewart and I hung up our deerstalkers and smoking pipes at the end of The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes!
We have an incredible creative team with us on the show. As with the others, Stewart is designing and I am directing Carousel. We are beyond thrilled to have Lee Proud back choreographing the show which is going to be nothing short of breath-taking. Our music team includes Andrew Corcoran, orchestrations by Mark Cumberland and renowned orchestrator Larry Blank as our Musical Supervisor. Larry’s credits include orchestrating for the Olivier and Tony awards and West End productions of Singing In The Rain, as well as Catch Me If You Can and The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway. Lighting will designed by Cat Webb (known to Morphic Graffiti followers for her gorgeous work on both Jekyll and Sherlock) and completing the team is West End/Broadway producer Kim Poster as Creative Consultant to the production. Bit of a self-pinch moment there as we both are blown away by the line up!
Casting has yet to be confirmed and auditions are imminent. Ben Newsome is on board as Casting Director and doing a brilliant job. A few people have mentioned casting to us and we would love to hear from anyone who is interested. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ben directly.
So what do people make of the poster? It’s a little bit different, but then so is the production! We have been allowed to relocate the setting to 1930 amidst the start of the Great Depression after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. That’s all we’re giving away right now – just to whet your appetite a little. The poster indicates much more about the production than we are saying and there are evn more surprises to come!
The Arcola have only just changed their seating policy and tickets are now being sold for specific seats and not as a ‘general admission’ ticket. This means no queuing up by the entrance for a good seat and you can come to the Arcola and know where you are sitting. It does, however, mean you should book early to avoid any disappointment!
Tickets are available at the Arcola website online at http://www.arcolatheatre.com or over the phone on 020 7503 1646.
So there we are! That’s the news from Morphic HQ! We of course have a million and one things to work on and to share with you as we move towards casting, auditions, set construction, wardrobe fittings, rehearsals…!! The list is endless!
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you at Carousel
Luke and Stewart