15th May 2016 sees the return of WestEndFest, this time in conjunction with The MadTrust!
WestEndFest – @westendfests – is back for its first concert of 2016 on 15th May at The Actors Church in Covent Garden.
WestEndFest was founded four years ago by Sabrina Aloueche and Parnell Page, and has since become a hugely popular bi-annual celebration combining dance, comedy, songs and raising lots of money for charity.
It incorporates themes each time, the last one being “Mis-cast” where singers from the West End stage attempted to deliver first class performances in roles they would never normally be cast in, then there was “Songs you Love – but shouldn’t“- Guilty Pleasures which was a massive hit too!
This time around the compares of the event – Ian Stroughair and Kieran Brown will be hurdling their way through this years theme – “Icons, your own spin“. This will see our awesome casts tackling their favourite songs from their most adored icons in their own individual way.
Expect many laughs and also perhaps even a few surprises! Most of all these songs that have been sung by the millions worldwide being sung in ways you’ve never seen before! Also a hugely anticipated HAMILTON the musical medley …!
The charities that WestEndFest have supported and raised thousands for are The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and CRY UK (an organisation that helps raise awareness and helps to raise funds for cardiac arrest in the young).
All profits will go The Make a Difference Trust. Originally founded as West End Cares in 1990 and later becoming Theatrecares, The Make A Difference Trust (www.madtrust.org.uk), raises funds for HIV and AIDS Projects that raise awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
There are homemade cupcakes being baked for the day, lots of treats, WestEndFest merchandise on sale, and an auction that takes place on stage hosted by WestEndWilma at the interval.
List of performers include: (more to be confirmed…)
Jonny Labey – Soft Lad (movie), Eastenders, In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse) @jonnylabey
Sam Mackey – Dee in Wonder.land, Usnavi in In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Lamar in 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court), Jimmy in Flashdance; Eddie in Mamma Mia, Reecey in Our House (UK tour) @sambmackay
Emma Kingston – Vanessa in In The Heights, Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Miss Lynch/covered and played Jan in Grease @emkingston
Liam Doyle – Ghost the musical- Sam wheat, Alter Boyz, Wicked – Fiyero, Mamma Mia, HairSpray – Link Larkin, High school Musical- Troy
Sabrina Aloueche – Les Miserables- little Cosette, Les Miserables- Eponine, We will Rock You- Scaramouche, Rent- Maureen, Sleeping Arrangements. Most recently voicing Candy Crush computer game!
Aaron Sidwell – Eastenders, Loserville, Children of Eden, Ghost the musical – Carl, Grease 2, plus Grease 2 recording, American Idiot- Johnny, most recently Grey Gardens at The Southwark Playhouse
Lauren Varnham – u/s Scaramouche and Meat in We Will Rock You , Tammy and u/s and played Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, u/s and played Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, u/s and played Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, u/s Babe in The Pajama Game. One third of Mama Singers
Sarah French – Scaramouche in We will Rock you, Sunday in the park with George, Like Me musical and Jest End (both written by Garry Lake), Eastenders. One third of mama singers!
Peach Coyne – The Nutcracker, Gatsby, Pierced, Wicked- u/s and playing Glinda and Nessa Rose, Rocky horror show- u/s and playing Janet and Magenta.
Cassie Compton finalist on X Factor at 17 years old, Eponine- Les Miserables, Dirty Dancing, Wicked – Nessa Rose, 27 Musical (written by Sam Cassidy), American Psycho- original cast and Original Cast Recording out March 2016.
Kieran Brown currently Understudy Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Elphaba’s Father, cover Dr Dillamond/Wizard in Wicked, cover Raoul in Love Never Dies, Les Misérables (Palace), Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concerts (O2 Arena), The Actor in The Woman in Black (Vienna).
Ian Stroughair – FAME, Chicago, Rent- Angel, Cats, creator of the hugely successful Velma Celli show.
Matthew Wycliffe – The original West End Cast of The Commitments- Outspan Foster, Jersey Boys- Bob Gaudio, Carnaby Street-,Jude, The Buddy Holly Story- Buddy Holly
Anton Stephans – X Factor Finalist 2015, currently on tour with X Factor show!
Sarah O’Connor swing/ u/s Eponine- Les miserables, u/s Sophie- Mamna Mia, The Commitments Original Cast
Georgina Hagen THE JUDY GARLAND SONGBOOK, workshop of GROUNDHOG DAY: THE MUSICAL, Shelley Parker in BATBOY m, Mistress in EVITA , Pearl & Dinah in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Meat in WE WILL ROCK YOU
Ambra Casserotti – Maureen- Rent, 27 musical (written by Sam Cassidy)
Currently Fiyero- Wicked. understudy ‘Raoul’ in The Phantom of the Opera, ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in Cats, ‘Fueilly’ and understudy ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables, understudy ‘Sky’ in Mamma Mia! (International tour); ‘Simeon’ and understudy ‘Joseph’ in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Rebecca Trehearn – Molly- Ghost, u/s Killer Queen- We Will Rock You, Julie LaVerne, SHOWBOAT, Oolie/Donna, CITY OF ANGELS, Donmar Warehouse.
Ceili O’Connor – Trude/ensemble, GRAND HOTEL, Understudy Jovie, ELF THE MUSICAL, U/S Eva Peron, EVITA, The Fox, THE LITTLE PRINCE , Marty, GREASE , 2013, Workshop, The Fox, THE LITTLE PRINCE, Polly, CRAZY FOR YOU, Understudy Dorothy, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Really Useful Group
Mitch Miller – Last year he featured on the BBC primetime entertainment program ‘The Voice UK’ making it into ‘Team Rita’. Working with Rita Ora. He reached her top 8. Currently performing his own show with appearances on cruise liners and other international gigs!
and… Simon Harvey, Claudia Kariuki and Jodie Sam Steele
MADTRUST – @madtrust
Scott Morgan MD @scottmorganMD2
Bob Broad – @Bobolobolobolob
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – http://www.seetickets.com/tour/westendfest
St Paul’s Church – Covent Garden, London