The World premiere of CARNIVAL DREAMS The Musical, will be presented at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon from 3rd to 6th February 2016.
This new musical, written by Norman Mark with hauntingly original music by Robert Orledge and directed by Andrew Lynford stars Cheryl Fergison, who played the much-loved Heather Trott in EastEnders.
It’s Carnival time in Argentina and a small community dance group are preparing for the annual Samba competition. Whilst fighting his own inner demons, former dance champion Andre tries to instill a passion to succeed but senior dance tutor Jose’s bullying and bigotry does little to raise morale. Jose is consumed with contempt for the people who surround him. A bible-quoting misogynist who physically and mentally abuses his wife Teresa, Jose delights in trying to humiliate the flamboyantly camp drag queen Carmen and is determined to quash the growing romance between his daughter Cristina and Duarte, whose only crime is the colour of his skin. When the embittered Maria persuades Teresa and Cristina to escape Jose’s clutches, a heart-wrenching tragedy unfolds.
Can the dance troupe survive and win against this adversity? Carnival Dreams will make you laugh and cry, it will shock and inspire and most importantly it reminds us to fight injustice and prejudice and embrace our wonderfully diverse communities.
Cast: Stars Cheryl Fergison (from EastEnders) with Davis Brooks, Kit Esuruoso, Connie Jackson, Nicholas Ransley, Liz Watts-Legg, Tom Whalley and Laura Alexandra, Curtis Brown, Myles Cork, Vicky Hoyles, Jamie-Leigh Nelson, Aarron Macauley, Ryan Ogden and Penelope Simons
Book & Lyrics: Norman Mark
Music: Robert Orledge
Director: Andrew Lynford
Producer: Stuart Morrison
Musical Director: Michael Lovelock
Choreographer: Penelope Simons
Lighting Designer: Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th February 2016
Evenings at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinees at 2.30pm
Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon. CR9 1DG
Box Office: 020 8688 9291