Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year and experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up… all set to the biggest hits of the 80’s! Set in the USA, ‘Back To The 80’s’ tells the story of 17-year-old Corey, played by third year Robinson undergraduate who previously starred as ‘Joseph’ in Brickhouse’s sell-out ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ last term, Harry Normanton. Harry says: “It’s easy to root for Corey Jnr. He’s an enthusiastic, fabulously uncool underdog, coming out second best to Michael Feldman (captain of the football team and all-round nasty piece of work) in everything from class president elections to romantic pursuits. I’ve particularly enjoyed playing Corey because it has given me the chance to bring two of my favourite childhood pastimes – riding a scooter and (slightly more niche) doing impressions of Proclaimers – to the stage.”
Corey is madly in love with Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, played by Katherine Ladd, who is also one of the show’s co-producers. “Tiffany is bubbly and excitable and loves a good party. I think she’s naïve and optimistic rather than a complete airhead: there are causes and people she genuinely cares about in the play, and that’s something I’m trying to bring out too. Nevertheless, she has pretty rubbish taste in boys: I’d choose the nice Corey next door over the slick guy with the car any day!”
Said guy is Michael Feldman - athletic and good-looking - the kind of person that Corey and his two best friends dream of being, and played by Harry Burke. “I love playing Michael because he is not the sort of subtle, morally ambiguous villain I’ve played before. Michael is quite clearly a toxic brute through-and-through and there is no doubt as to his dastardliness. I can’t wait to get onstage and show off this wonderful homage to the 80s for which we’ve all been working so very hard!”
The plot follows Class President Elections, the arrival of several new students, and the teachers’ own problematic relationship. Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delights and amuses! The two co-directors, Phoebe Pritchett and Alice Bennett say that “directing ‘Back To The 80’s’ has been an absolute joy. The cast and crew are all fantastic, and we cannot believe how talented they all are. ‘Back To The 80’s’ is completely jam packed with fun and cheese, and will hopefully be an absolute joy to watch!” Meanwhile, musical director, Lucy Morrell says that “directing the music for Back to the 80s has been an enormous amount of fun. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with such a talented cast, crew and band who have made every rehearsal a sheer joy. I would like to give particular thanks to Anthony Gray for being a fantastic assistant musical director, helping out with rehearsals, auditions, room bookings and getting the band together, and to Phoebe and Alice for putting on such a great show. It has been a delight to work with such a talented band whom are injecting real 80s zing into every song. Further huge thanks to Anna and Rosa for their great choreography which bring all the songs to life.”
‘Back to the 80s’ runs from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th March at 7:45pm (as well as a 2:30pm Saturday matinee) in the Robinson College Auditorium. Tickets are only £8 (£6 concession) and can be purchased online: https://brickhouse.tessera.info
More details about this, and all of our other shows can be found on our website: www.brickhouse.soc.srcf.net or on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@BrickhouseTC).
We look forward to seeing you at the Brickhouse soon!