YEOVIL COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION
Current and former Yeovil College Level 3 Performing Arts students are joining professional company, Wassail and The Octagon Theatre Yeovil to support the production of a new story celebrating the power of human connection and the communities that surround us. Students will support in both performance and ‘behind the scenes’ roles.
Apples & Angels is an all new, open air promenade production that takes place among the idyllic orchards of Burrow Hill, home of the Somerset Cider Brandy Company in Kingsbury Episcopi, on the edge of the Somerset Levels.
It has been written by Wassail’s Artistic Director Nick White and features a community cast who will be performing alongside an ensemble of professional actors. The community cast includes young people from Huish Episcopi, Langport, Martock, Kingsbury Episcopi, Yeovil, Crewkerne and Ilchester, and other local residents of all ages!
In the story, Pete is organising a wedding for the Mallard family at Burrow Hill but the bride has disappeared! Two years ago to the day, Pete married Babs in a glorious, tragic wedding where something similar happened. Today Muriel, Pete and Babs find themselves at the bottom of Burrow Hill, looking for the things they’ve lost and so much more.
Can Lil help them before the spirits of the orchard converge and it’s all too late?
Among the show’s creative team are regular Wassail collaborators Joanna Procter (Director) and Julie Read (Designer), as well as Wassail first-timer Ellie Showering (Composer – Insane Root, Bristol Old Vic). The show is produced by Joseph Cullen and the professional cast includes David Reakes, Imogen Smith, Leela Bunce, Lucy Harrington and Richard Holt.
Over the past five years, Wassail has been taking audiences on magical storytelling adventures through Pete & Ivan’s Tours of Somerset: via horse-drawn carts, three-wheel bikes and on foot. This is the final chapter of Pete Steel’s story, and the start of a whole new adventure. Audiences don’t need to have seen Pete’s previous stories to enjoy this one, but you can find out more about Pete’s productions including The Somerset Charabanc at www.wassailtheatre.co.uk.
Two years ago, Wassail became Yeovil College’s official performing arts partner and the college now enjoys a unique position of being directly led, supported and taught by a professional company. Students enjoy the benefits of leaning and understsndin what it takes to success in the industry and o become successful in every specialism under the performing arts umbrella, including musical theatre, stage, performance, dance, singing and ‘behind the scenes’ delivery.
Apples & Angels has been made possible with public funding from South Somerset District Council; Huish Episcopi Parish Council; Yeovil Town Council and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.