My Fifteen Minutes – the Musical

My Fifteen Minutes – A new musical by Simon Beyer directed by Natascha Metherell at New Wimbledon Theatre from 17 – 20 March 2010.

This is it! The big moment arrives! A chance to be discovered: fame is just an audition away! You’ve been dreaming all your life of being discovered and now the media spotlight is on YOU!

An instant superstar and all your troubles are behind you – the pop-star life of fame, fortune and adoration are yours for the taking. Everyone loves you; everyone wants to be you.

Do you have what it takes to make it? Can you be the next overnight sensation? Will you be truly happy?  And what happens to your friends and family along the way? With original music, My Fifteen Minutes is a fun-filled musical journey for anyone who’s ever dreamed of fame.

Director – Natascha Metherell is a freelance director who works in both theatre and opera. In addition to her own work, Natascha has worked on staff at ENO, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Garsington and The Rose Theatre Kingston. Recently she has worked as Associate Director to Stephen Unwin and currently to Jonathan Miller. She is resident Associate Director for StoneCrabs Theatre Company.

Music Director – Naveen Arles started playing the piano at 6. Performing from an early age and training at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh he has studied under Murray McLachlan and Richard Beauchamp. At various points he has also studied the violin and performed in band pits with the trumpet. He moved on to Musically Directing shows, running his own production company and conducting and working with choirs. His involvement with theatre grew through experiences whilst living in Edinburgh where Theatre Workshop and the Lyceum exposed him to nationally recognised writers and directors from whom he greatly enjoyed learning. Nav had also been involved with productions during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during his time there. Having composed score for short film and theatre he is now keen to experiment further with choral work.

Lighting Designer – Jacob Mason-Dixon studied Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. He has worked profesionally across a variety of back stage diciplines including stage management, lighting design and set construction. He is the in house technician for the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, and also works at the Bernie Grant Art Centre. Jacob has also worked in varying technical capacities at amongst others, The New End, The Finborough, The New Wimbledon Studio, Oval House, The Hampstead, The White Bear, and The Cock Tavern.

Cast: My Fifteen Minutes

Howard Corlett – hung his corporate boots up 5 years ago after a career in travel. Theatre credits include: Little Boy (Union Theatre), Windermere (The Actors Studio, Liverpool), Viva Las Vegas (Shaw Theatre) and Kiss Me Kate (Minack Theatre). Film credits include: Deep Lies and Photoshoot, both screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year as well as Born of Hope, an independent Lord of the Rings feature, which has been a huge online success. He has featured in national and international commercials, presented on Sky for Life TV and Thomson TV and competed in the finals of BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever.

Judith Quin – trained at The Academy Drama School. She most recently appeared at the Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead in Waltz of the Toreadors and, previously, new comedy Credit Crunch Queen – in which she also had to sing – a deliberately awful version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene…it may have made some reality ‘Talent’ show top 10 worst! Theatre: And Then There Were None (No1’s Tour understudy for lead); Merchant of Venice (Arcola ensemble); Romeo & Juliet (Wimbledon Studio Nurse); Home (Theatre 503 new writing); Snow White & Red Riding Hood (Edinburgh Festival & International Tour Snow White & Gran); Shakespeare for Breakfast (Edinburgh Festival – Also Directed). Film/TV: Feature: Sunstroke (14:26films) – Various short films. TV: Crime Team (Flame TV for C4) ‘Emergency’ & ‘The Real Office’ (TV1 – NZ).

Bethan James – graduated from the BA Acting course at Arts Ed in 2008. Since then she has been involved in numerous projects including premieres of ‘Olive Juice’ in association with the NT Archive and ‘Definate Article’ for the Windsor Fringe. Bethan won the Hobsons Prize for Voiceover in 2008 and has since provided voiceovers for the likes of Blackberry, Kinder, E4, channel 4 and Nickelodeon.

Sean Oakes – started his Training at the Myra Tiffin school of performing arts. Theatre Credits Include: John Darling in Peter Pan (Milton Keynes Theatre); Four Eyes in Tin Pan Ali (National Youth Music Theatre); Vocalist for Think Floyd; Julius Caser in Magic City (Edinburgh Fringe); Theo in Shafted (Edinburgh Fringe/London) Sean Produced his own Musical Theatre Night at the Milton Keynes Theatre last year and plans to produce a second in May this year. He is thrilled to be playing the part of Tom in My Fifteen Minutes.

Zoe Nicole Adkin – recently graduated from The London Studio Centre. Whilst training she played Vivian in Legally Blonde The Musical and Mrs O’Brian in Anthony Minghella’s Whale Music. She was selected to perform at the Criteria Theatre in The London Studio Centre Showcase 09 where she played Curly’s Wife in Of Mice and Men and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her television credits include The Sunday Night Project (Channel 4) and This Morning (ITV) for The National TV Awards. Zoe is delighted to be making her professional stage debut in My Fifteen Minutes.

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