LOCAL PERFORMER LANDS A TIP TOP PROFESSIONAL DEBUT.
A talented musical theatre performer from Wrexham who has dreams of performing in the West End has landed his first professional role with a local theatre company in a venue he is very familiar with.
Andrew Rawlinson-Heath has been performing since the age of 3 and has been involved with various local amateur theatre companies for as long as he can remember. Having completed his training to be a professional performer at the prestigious Phil Winston’s Theatre Works stage school in Blackpool, Andrew was delighted to be offered his first professional role, playing Tommy the Cat in Tip Top Productions staging of Dick Whittington at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester, the city’s very own traditional family friendly Pantomime which features a professional cast for the very first time.
Andrew, 25, has performed with Tip Top for many years in numerous productions including This is My Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, The Full Monty and Jesus Christ Superstar at venues including Theatr Clwyd and The Chester Gateway Theatre, which now houses The Forum Studio Theatre, and Tip Top’s home since 2007.
Speaking about making his debut as a professional performer in such familiar surroundings, Andrew said “it’s wonderful that my first professional job since graduating from stage school should be with Tip Top Productions, having done lots and lots with them as an amateur performer both on the Gateway stage and more recently in the Forum Studio space in the same building. The theatre holds lots of special memories for me. The cast and crew are all lovely and I really am having such a great time”
The Show’s Director Steve Davies said “We are delighted that Andrew is making his professional debut with us. The feedback from the audience is great already. The younger children particularly love his characterisation of Tommy the Cat.”
Since bringing Pantomime back to Chester in 2009, Tip Top’s spectacular Christmas offering written by Peter Swingler OBE, has become a firm favourite in the City’s Christmas calendar of events. “Dick Whittington” runs at the City centre venue until 30th December, with tickets starting at just £9 and generous discounts available for families.
Performing alongside Andrew are Eliza Hewiit -Jones in the title role of Dick Whittington, local actress Julie Blagrove as Fairy Bowbell , Kevin Dewsbury as Sarah The Cook, Barrie Ryan English as King Rat, Taran Knight as Idle Jack, Jade Pritchard as Alice Fitzwarren, and Jamie Evans as Captain Fitzwarren. Director Steve Davies, along with Musical Director Craig Price and choreographer Rhian Underwood have also assembled a chorus and full company of dancers from PQA Wirral, and Theatretrain Stage Schools in Chester, Wrexham and Mold.
Full details of “Dick Whittington” and all other shows and events at The Forum Studio Theatre can be found at www.chestertheatre.co.uk where tickets can be booked online. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.
Photo1 shows: Andrew Rawlinson-Heath who is making his professional debut in Dick Whittington at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester.
Photos 2 shows: Andrew Rawlinson-Heath as Tommy The Cat in a scene from “Dick Whittington” at The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
Photo 3 shows Andrew Rawlinson-Heath as Tommy the Cat with Jade Pritchard as Alice Fitzwarren, Eliza Hewitt-Jones as Dick Whittington and Taran Knight as Idle Jack in a scene from “Dick Whttington” at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester.