Saturday, 20 April 2013

A great show for an even greater cause - Party Worth Crashing exclusive!

Party Worth Crashing poster
If you've been to see - oh, I don't know - just about any musical theatre production here in Bristol over the past couple of years, you will almost definitely have watched at least one of the amazingly talented five students who make up the cast of Party Worth Crashing. They're definitely all ones to watch.

Oh yes, considering 1945 Productions' previous shows, I think it's safe to say their latest offering is certainly going to be one you don't want to miss. But this isn't just another fantastic musical for the sake of musicals (not that that's not reason enough to do/see one), Party Worth Crashing is also for a fabulously worthwhile cause.

"The show is a modern song cycle with all proceeds going to Rosie's Rainbow Fund - this was set up in memory of my cousin to support sick children and their families," one of the stars, L-J Keston, tells me.

"Rosie’s Rainbow Fund supports sick and disabled children in hospital, school and in the community. Rosie was eleven years old, clever, talented, kind, funny, mischievous, generous and exceptionally musical. Born into a theatrical family, Rosie had a love of all the performing arts and, although she was so young, had already appeared in numerous musical shows and many times in television and films. In December 2002 Rosie became ill and was eventually diagnosed with vasculitis, a rare and devastating illness affecting the blood vessels. Rosie was discharged at the end of April 2003. Six days later, at home she suffered a fatal pulmonary haemmorrage. She died on May 14th 2003. It became increasingly apparent to Rosie, and to her family, how difficult a hospital stay is for the whole family to cope with. It can be an extremely lonely and stressful time spending months in hospital, and extensive support for the whole family is needed."

If reading that hasn't touched you then I don't know what will.

But we don't have to just sit at home feeling hopeless, we can all do a little something to help, AND we get to see what will undoubtedly be an awesome show. Win-win, eh? Watching the trailer has certainly got me excited:

Aren't they a fabulous lot? Jamie Budgett, Tom Dawkins, Oli Higginson, L-J Keston and Kita Sellers have all been working super hard rehearsing over their Easter holidays to put the show together, and if I know how talented these five are (I do), it's going to be a show worth seeing. (See what I did there?)

It's all rather clever really - the songs were written by American composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, but then 1945 Productions have written their own story, and it looks like it's going to be one that'll appeal to us students. "Party Worth Crashing invites you into the hearts and minds of five twentysomethings as they escape to Las Vegas and attempt to enjoy one more night of fun before tackling the traumas of real life." What fun!

So, if you're not doing anything this Friday or Saturday, get yourself down to Bristol's Alma Tavern, enjoy the show and support a brilliant cause. The show starts at 8pm, standard tickets are £8 and concessions are a mere fiver. See you there.

Join the Facebook event here.

Check out 1945 Productions and Rosie's Rainbow Fund for more info.

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