Few writers of musicals challenge audiences as both Michael John LaChiusa and George C Wolfe have throughout their careers. Wolfe’s career is a chronicle of examinations of the African-American experience, including his recent Oscar-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (which he directed). LaChiusa’s musical writing, often operatic in scope and ambition, pushes singers in new and unexpected directions whilst tackling the most uncompromising themes.
In The Wild Party they hold a looking glass to the underworld of the entertainment industry of the newly diversified states of the American North a century ago, examining themes that have raged across newspapers, television and social media in the last year: race, LGBTQIA+ rights, sexual violence, misogyny, drug addiction and anti-Semitism.
It is an uncompromising piece that forces the audience to examine their own experiences and prejudices. LaChiusa has said of our production, ‘They must be a talented and brave group,’ and their sophisticated, passionate and intelligent commitment to this piece certainly proves him right.
Welcome to the Party!
Julian Woolford, Head of Musical Theatre
This production has been rehearsed and performed in Covid-safe conditions and according to Covid-secure regulations.
Suitable for age 14+. Contains adult themes: scenes of historic depictions of race and gender that are considered disturbing, plus drug taking and scenes of a sexual nature.
This recorded live production features the final year students of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme in collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production and MA Stage & Production Management programmes. Please scroll down for headshots and Spotlight links.
This production of The Wild Party is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
Thanks to Michael John LaChiusa and Nina Kristofferson
Queenie: Lillie-Pearl Wildman
Burrs: Lucca Chadwick-Patel
Jackie: Iván Fernández-González
Miss Madeleine True: Ellie Shove
Sally: Pearl Schomberg
Eddie Mackrel: Tyler Orphé-Baker
Mae: Bella Manzi
Nadine: Naomi Fisch
Phil D'Armano: Lizzy-Rose Esin-Kelly
Oscar D'Armano: Elise Zavou
Dolores Montoya: Jasmine Bayes
Gold: Thomas Alsop
Goldberg: George Littell
Black: Cal Plant
Kate: Beth Crame
Keyboard: Matt Spencer-Smith
Drums: Dan Day
Double Bass: Olly Buxton
Music & Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Book by Michael John LaChiusa & George C Wolfe
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Director/ Choreographer: Cressida Carré
Musical Director: Matt Spencer-Smith
Set & Costume Designer: Stewart J Charlesworth
Lighting Designer: Rory Beaton
Sound Designer: Matt McKenzie
EDI Consultant: Anni Domingo
Intimacy Consultant: Anna Tringham
Dance Captain: Joseph Saunders
Assistant Dance Captains: James Bourne, Caroline Whittingham
Head of Musical Theatre: Julian Woolford
Programme Leader BA Musical Theatre: Stewart Nicholls
Head of Technical Theatre: Jo Franklin
Programme Leader: Sheryl-Lynne Valensky
Production Manager: Rebecca Emery
Assistant Production Manager: Robert Ashford
Stage Manager: Sophie Jefferson
Deputy Stage Manager: Joshua Knight
Assistant Stage Managers: Aaron Cawood, Ella Godbold-Holmes, Freya Inglis, Liv Tether
Wardrobe Supervisor: Carina Wells
Hair & Make-Up Supervisor: Fiona Alexander, Luisa Ridge
Workshop Supervisor: Jamie Fitzgerald
Scenic Arts Supervisor: Roger Ness
Construction Leads: Charly Danby, Emily Dimeloe
Construction/ Scenic Arts Assistants: Zoe Adams, Tom Atkin, Lauren Carr, Bell Dean, Lewis Downham, Jade Haslam, Georgia Jones, Josh Lowndes, Isabel Orduna, Martin Underwood, Daisy Willmer, Rhiannon Witt, Emerson Worsley
Production Electrician: Zara Mahoney
Lighting Programmer/ Operator: Jade Hughes
LX Crew: Jessica Caira, Immy Clarkson, Rebecca McCarthy, Connor Mills, Lauren Toland
Production Sound Engineer: Lucy Baylis
Sound 1: Helen Roberts
Sound 2: Rachel O’Hanlon
Sound 3: Kiera Smith
Filmed by: Animus Inc