Westend Musical star Peter Corry is to take to the stage of The Playhouse, Derry all thanks to the hard work of one young local actor and director.
Top of The Hill singer, Kieran Griffith has secured the services of Westend heavyweight, Corry, for not one but two Derry productions.
Two lucky local actors will also be given the opportunity to work with Corry who has starred in, among other shows, Les Miserables, Cosi Fan tutte, The Marraige of Figaro and The Beggars Opera.
Two understudies will be cast locally ahead of Ki Production’s, ‘The Last Five Years.’
Theatre company Ki Productions have previously staged the smash hit ‘I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ and now bring audiences, ‘The Last Five Years,’ an Off Broadway smash hit musical by Tony award winning composer Jason Robert Brown
Mr. Griffiths secured the rights and has signed the much sought after and talented Corry to a five night run at The Playhouse in September.
The musical charts the five year relationship of a husband and wife, Jamie and Cathy. Cathy’s narrative begins during the divorce and works backwards. Husband Jamie’s tale commences just after they met and moves forward. The only time the characters find themselves in the same time is when they meet at the wedding.
“This will be a hard and testing play to stage,” admits Kieran who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy. “There is no spoken word, the story is told entirely in song, that’s why it will be a great experience for a local actor. We also guarantee both understudies at least one matinee performance.
“They will also get the benefit of Peter’s skills and experience in rehearsals. It will be great training for any aspiring actors or actress.”
Singer/Songwriter and actress Michelle Forbes will play the role of Kathy.
Kieran’s Company Ki Productions will also stage a Christmas Concert at St. Columb’s Hall in December.
Mr. Corry will headline the concert and he will be joined by a 110 singer strong choir. The Gateway Singers and the Holy Family Primary School Choir both set to participate.
The second half of 2011 is set to be a whirlwind for Kieran. The talented singer and actor will also take the lead in The Playhouse production on the life of songwriter Stephen Collins Foster, ‘Kind Hearts and Gentle People’ in September and appears in Women on the Verge of VRT, in August.
‘Kind Hearts...’ will allow Mr. Griffiths the chance to showcase his singing and acting talents before directing Corry.
Tickets for ‘The Last Five Years’ can be booked at The Playhouse box office on 028 7126 8027.