Jump – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt!

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. I wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for my mum’s birthday wishes, she had a fantastic day and a fab party to celebrate turning 70!  As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . Life is still manic at the moment with family, Easter and rehearsals for Spamalot the musical. To see exactly what I’ve been up to click here !

So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

 

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

 

Jump

By Heidi Busby Brown

Word count: 100

 

He stood tall and straight. The wind blowing through his dark curls.

“Wait,” Grace’s hand clamped down on my shoulder.

The man stepped forwards, his feet hanging over the edge.

“Now.”

I raced across the roof top.

His foot hovered in the air as my small hand gripped the hem of his crumpled suit jacket.

He stared down at me, eyes wide.

Screams and car horns pierced the air.

Grace appeared on the other side of the man.

“Well done Libby.”

“Why did you stop me?”

“I didn’t.”

“But…”

“It’s time.”

I take his hand in mine and smile.

“Jump!”

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The company sounds amazing! Even if I do say so myself 🙂

 

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Run…Run…Run…Run Away! Spamalot!

 

Hello, you gorgeous lot you!

I hope you have all had a fantastic Easter!

I aim to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Spamalot. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Spamalot!

Don’t miss out, book your tickets at Theatre Severn !

 

Click here to visit Mad Cow Productions.

Mad Cow Productions present ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ Trailer Broadway FINAL – Thank you Tom Marshall, who runs PhotograFix, click here to pop over and have a look at his work!  The company sounds amazing! Even if I do say so myself 🙂

Rehearsal Diary: Week Five

It really is amazing to see how it all comes together and how we are all up for standing in when necessary. If you missed last weeks post, click here!

Sian is warming us up a treat, inspiring music and all. It did however turn into a karaoke session as “The Scientist” by Coldplay came on towards the end. As we contorted our limbs and stretched, we all sang along…”Nobody said, it was easy…” No truer words have been uttered, as we all aimed to touch the floor…with flat hands. I’m sweating just thinking about it.

This week saw lot’s of fab moments: Laura, Emma and myself stood in for what will be a giant wooden rabbit.

I think we did a good job and took our role seriously 🙂

One of my favourite moments came when Patrick, (French taunter) was really going for it, his accent is fab! At the end he pursed his lips together and blew…alot. He suddenly stopped and said, in a very british voice: “Oh! I do think I’ve over raspberried!”

Cue cast ,chuckling and laughing.

I have been taking my note-book to rehearsals and letting everyone write in it…or in Matt’s case drawing pictures! Which I will take photo’s of at some point. For now though here is Bec’s words of the day; “I get all the best show nicknames, a cast member has just greeted me with “hello armpits!” If you want to know why…book tickets lol 🙂

Our Laker girls are superb and wow can they dance! During the Can- Can section of ‘Run Away’ Joe (Lancelot) almost got caught by Lotty’s super high kick.

Another fab moment came courtesy of James (King Arthur), I think this really shows the thought process behind the characters 🙂

James: Is it a Canter, a trot or a gallop? ( James looks at Ryan (Patsy) who looks down at his coconuts and shrugs) A big discussion on cantering and trotting ensues and how they look different.

James: Well what was I doing? I mean, is there ever a gallop?

Alex: No, they never gallop!

We all chuckle and smile.

James : Well, nobody look at me!

More giggles before the scene starts again…with a trot!

 

Meet the Cast!

Up first this week, is the gorgeous Laura Davies!

Mad cow productions holds a very special place in my heart. As a child, I was lucky enough 20160328_154209 (1)to have got the “stage bug” from my time with Lisa and Alex at Stage coach and treasure the childhood memories that I have.

I trained professionally at East 15 and after having my 2 children decided something was missing!! So I approached Alex and was welcomed with open arms into the herd.

I loved being part of ‘Kiss me Kate’ and ‘Crazy for You’ It really pushed me in terms of dancing,  but I adored every minute of it. I then had the opportunity after being inducted back into the world of theatre, to play Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’ for TADLOP. Everyone at Madcow’s were extremely supportive and made me realise how much being on the stage means to me!

When it was announced that they had the rights to Spamalot, I had to come back… What can I say! Growing up in the 80’s I am proud to say that I was a “Monty Python geek” and I can’t think of a more wonderful combination, my fabulous mad cow friends and Monty Python! This show is a laugh a minute and what Alex, Lisa and Chris have done with it is something very special, every audience member is in for a treat!

Next up is the… Fantastic James Ashfield, our very own King Arthur!

20160328_153614  I first came to Mad Cow last year and was lucky enough to play Edna in Hairspray. I never realised until I portrayed her how MUCH I was going to love getting a dress on. I still have my sparkly gold high heels in my cupboard, which I occasionally do the house work in.

I am THRILLED to be still wearing gold shoes with the addition of a gold crown this year, (maybe some nice gold pants too) for the role of Arthur king of the Britons. A role I am loving SO much I have named my new cat Arthur. It’s a fantastically fun show that has something for everyone, (except for stuffed olives I don’t believe we have any of those) and there is a fantastic company spirit in Mad Cow that makes every rehearsal such fun.

I propose that next year we do a show that involves stuffed olives. I like those!

 

The Amazing Emma Burrows !

I joined mcp three years ago, but only took to the stage with them to play the devil Daria – who was mostly a dead body in stage…. I’ve enjoyed parts such as Nancy in Oliver and Calamity in Calamity Jane in recent years – so being part of the ensemble has been a different experience for me. Spamalot seemed like fun, so I decided to have a go!FB_IMG_1459176212667

The cast at mcp is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed working with them all. It’s difficult being in the ensemble – harder than being a principle bizarrely! More varied and slightly bonkers. I’m loving being the dancing nun with Harry as my priest! We intend to steal the show 😀

 

 

And last but not least… The Stunning, Lotty Holder!

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Hi, I’m Lotty and I play a Laker Girl in the wonderful Spamalot!

This role has been so much fun as its so versatile with fantastic costumes and props (which reminded me of a mermaid so double fantastic!) The opportunity to learn and perform many different styles of dance in one show is unique and I’m so happy to be part of the Mad Cow family which allows me to work with such wonderful people! So get your tickets now and I hope you enjoy the show!

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The Royal Throne – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. Today is a special day for me, it’s my mother’s 70th birthday. So, happy birthday mum, this one’s for you as you will always be our Queen Bea!  As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . Life is manic at the moment with family and rehearsals for Spamalot the musical. To see exactly what I’ve been up to click here !

So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

 

PHOTO PROMPT - © Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT – © Ted Strutz

 

The Royal Throne.

 

As day became night, they awoke.

Whispers floated on the air.

                “Blossom!”

                “What’s going on?”  She stretched her arms and arched her back allowing her silver and green wings to unfurl.

                 “You have to see it Blossom…it’s magnificent!” Daisy tugged on her.

                “Fine, but this had better not be one of your tricks.” Blossom followed Daisy.

                 The green grass was littered with Fairies and they were all staring at a huge white monument, blue and yellow pansies sprung forth from the centre.

                “This will be the new Royal throne!” Cheers erupted and clapping as Queen Bea landed amongst the flowers.

                  “Isn’t it amazing!”

                    Blossom chuckled.

                   “What?”

                   “It’s a toilet Daisy.”

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Spam,Spam,Spam,Spam…Spamalot!

Hello you gorgeous lot you!

Over the next six weeks I will endeavor to bring you a sneaky peek of what’s happening in rehearsals and introduce the cast and crew of Spamalot. Our fearless Herd Leaders, Alex Hinton and Lisa Lowarch have high expectations and we intend to meet them, in what will be an amazing production of Spamalot!

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Rehearsal Diary.

Rehearsals are now up to three days a week. The songs have been learnt, the five-part harmonies are sounding beautiful and the dance routines set. So now we are on ‘clean up’.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked with a group of people who are all so focused and caring.  Rehearsals are hard work, but getting to see it all come together is so satisfying.

This week seems to have sped by.

Monday saw us put through our paces and gave me a few chuckles during our vocal warm up with Chris Lewis.

If you can picture us all split into our vocal ranges sitting in a semi-circle our eyes trained on Chris. It’s serious, we’re making our words sharper, the harmonies stronger and then…

Matt: Can I have a “woo” after that bit?

Heads swing in Matt’s direction. The room is silent…we all glance back to Chris.

Chris: You personally?

The room erupts in laughter before we carry on.

After repeating the same lyrics Chris wants us to focus on one word, make it sharper. So he has us practice it, the only problem being that we all kept carrying on. Each time we did it again a few would still forget to stop.

Chris: So who’s going to carry on?

He looked at each of us, his eyebrows raised, hands resting on the keyboard. We all shook our heads…it’s just one word. We can do this.

Chris:  Good.

Chris counts us in and we sing the one word…and stop as Matt carries on singing: “A Royal…” We are all tittering amongst ourselves as Chris looks at Matt and say’s “Woo?”

The whole rooms breaks into laughter and is called into order so that we can get through the next song.

Wednesday’s rehearsal was spent on Knights of the round table. So myself Laura, Ellie and Chloe went to rehearse our bits in the only space left…the ladies bathroom. One issue that arose was that Laura cannot shimmy. After a few goes it was clear that Laura’s hips and shoulders could only wiggle at the same time. We needed a more hands on approach.

I wrapped my arms around Laura’s waist and gripped her hips. Chloe and Ellie took a shoulder each and we began to make her shimmy, slowly.

At this point I can say I am very relieved that no one walked in during this. And though it helped, Laura still kept using her hips. At this point I didn’t know what else to do so I…slapped her backside (I was gentle) each time her hips wiggled. It’s not something I’d normally recommend, but it worked. Laura can now shimmy, Yay! It’s been brought to my attention that another cast member, Theo, is also struggling with the shimmy…I wonder if the same approach will work for him?

Friday night was a special night, with a special person – A Master Class with Graham Newell, who is a West End performer and Spamalot cast Member.

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We met at the Theatre Severn Dance studio and were put through our paces. It was an amazing night. We performed and Graham gave us valuable feedback on every aspect of the performance, followed by a fab Q&A session afterwards. I know that the cast are very thankful to Alex and Lisa for arranging this fantastic experience and for Graham who was just down right brilliant.

 

Meet the Cast!

Up first is Ryan Brown. (My husband.)

He is playing the part of Patsy in Spamalot.

“And now for something completely different…”  Following the sold out run of Hairspray, itself a sharp change of tone for Mad Cow, the decision to perform Spamalot as their next musical was met by epic joy….and a domestic.

You see, I had already agreed with my wife (also the amazing author of this blog) that I would not take any part in the next one, giving her the opportunity to get back onstage and strut her funky stuff.

Then they announced Spamalot..facebook_1458405357537

 

So, we flew Ban Ki Moon in to mediate peace talks and, with the help of UN Peace Keeping Forces (AKA babysitters), we figured out a way we could do it together.

This is just a small example of the huge amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into a Mad Cow show, so come along, bring your friends and be prepared to watch something spectacular!

 

 

Next up is the wonderful Sian Archer!

I am one of the Laker Girls (dancer)  in Spamalot and have been given the name of Leader Laker by our lovely Lady of the Lake Natalie. As well as being a dancer I have choreographed a few numbers for Spamalot including tap dancing knights and can can girls.

I have been dancing since the age of three, starting with ballet and continued to dance as a child in after school classes and weekend classes. Then at 16 when I finished school I went to Kate Simmons Dance Ltd in Warrington. Then I found tap shoes! Whilst at college I gained my dance teaching qualifications with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teacher of Dancing). The aim was to become a professional dancer in the West End/ Cruise ship but after endless amounts of auditions I decided to go into dance teaching and I have never looked back.

Sian Archer

 

I teach Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary  and Tap to all ages and abilities, even adults (including a number of the Spamalot cast who join me for a tap class once a week). I teach classes at Topaz in Shrewsbury.
I have many favourite moments and there are probably many more to come, but my favourite moment is during a rehearsal for ‘His Name is Lancelot’ and being the only  female in the room at the time with about 10 males all dancing extremely camply and really enjoying it #awkward but extremely funny.

The stunning Ellie Giblin!

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This is my second show with Mad Cow after I joined for Hairspray last year. Having never seen Spamalot (or any Monty Python for that matter), I was not quite sure what to expect but as soon as we started rehearsing, it was obvious that the show is unlike anything I have been involved with before. There are so many laugh out loud moments, it will be very hard to keep a straight face on stage.

A favourite moment for me is number ‘How to Succeed on Broadway’ when I get to dance the infamous Jewish bottle dance (whilst balancing a holy grail on my head) and generally prance about being silly.

Outside of Mad Cow, I am currently training for Strictly 9 to 5, a Strictly Come Dancing style completion where legal professionals train with a professional dancer and then compete against each other for the infamous glitter ball trophy. Being a massive fan of all things dance and all things strictly, I jumped at the chance to be involved and am thoroughly enjoying learning the style that I have been given, the Rumba. The night is compered by Anton Du Beke from the BBC show which makes it all the more exciting, watch this space for selfies with Anton!

 

And last but not least for this week….Theo Millward!

Playing: Historian, Not Dead Fred, First Minstrel, Prince Herbert

Member of MCP: 4 years, 5 productions.

Bit about me: 30 years old, living in Shrewsbury. Loves animals, especially Chickens (not like that), food, music and of course, Theatre.

F2016-03-19 16.52.45avourite Moments of Spamalot: The show is genuinely hilarious from start to finish but as someone who loves classic broadway shows, my personal favourite moment is ‘Knights of the Round Table’. It is a brilliant, big broadway number. It’s fantastic.

Favourite Moment of Rehearsal: One of my characters, Prince Herbert, is a little bit camp. Just a bit. During one of his scenes, Director Alex Hinton, had to tell a fellow cast member playing opposite me that I did in fact have a girlfriend and he shouldn’t be concerned with the extent of my campness. I consider this nothing short of a personal victory and one I shall treasure forever.

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I am a huge fan of deadgoodundies! They also supply our shows with underwear when needed and my hubby was lucky enough to receive a pair of fire engine red briefs and Wow! They are truly amazing. I tried to get him to model a pair for me but …sigh…he refused, so here are two wonderful pics of their latest products.

 

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Only A Stone’s Throw Away – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . Life is super busy at the moment with family and rehearsals for Spamalot the musical. So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

                         Only A Stone’s Throw Away

 

I smile as I watch the fair haired boy from afar.

A stone skims the surface of the water, once… twice…three times and then sinks to the bottom.

He grins, revealing perfect little white teeth. He glances back to where his parents are but they’re not watching.

He steps into the rippling water.

Two steps.

Three steps.

Small arms flail, he loses his balance and disappears from sight.

I follow him into the murky water as fast as I can.

I place his dripping limp body on the river bank.

He takes his first breath, coughing and spitting out water as panicked voices draw close.

Wide blue eyes stare up at me.

“It’s not your time little one.” I whisper as I fade away.

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Clean Up – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt

Hello all!

I hope you are well and ready for some more Flash Fiction. As always, we are given our photo prompt by our wonderful Friday Fictioneer leader, Rochelle . I had few ideas for this prompt, but ended up writing something completely different. So here is my attempt for this week. I hope you enjoy it.

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Clean Up

Under the light of the moon, I tug the last black bin bag out of the car boot and stumble across to the dumpster at the end of the row.

Lifting the lid up I can’t help but gag as the stench of rotting waste fills my nostrils. Holding my breath, I roll the bag over the edge and let it drop.

With shaking hands, I lower the lid and release my breath.

        Half way to the car my phone vibrates in my pocket. Removing my gloves, I swipe the screen to answer as I climb into the front seat.

       “Is he gone Lacey?” She whispers, I can hear the rhythmic beeps of the hospital equipment in her room.

       “Yes.” I glance in the mirror at the blue and purple bruises forming on my neck.

        “He won’t be coming back this time, I promise.”

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Let’s Play – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Photo Prompt.

Here is my attempt at this weeks Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. This idea stuck out the most and made me chuckle, so I thought I’d share it with you. Thank you to Rochelle our hostess of Friday Fictioneers, for coming up with fab prompts.

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 Let’s Play.

It’s quiet.

Too quiet.

A high pitched giggle startles me and I freeze.

Where are they?

My bedroom.

I stalk forwards and open the door, “what do you think…” My mouth hangs open.

“Look what we found mummy!” Lucy shouts.

 “I’m a police officer!” Sam said.

“I like your wand mummy, it’s pink and looks like a rabbit.” She presses a button and the head starts rotating and then stops, she shakes it, “it’s not working now.”

“Mmm… How did you find my special bag?”

“Sam hid under the bed.”

“Great. Let’s tidy up shall we? Sam take the handcuffs off of your teddy…No don’t swing the whip round…Lucy take off the French maid dress…”

When they were done, I placed the bag on top of the wardrobe with a sigh.

“Are we in trouble?”

“No, but you did remind me that I need to get new batteries for Bob.” I smiled down at her.

“Who is Bob?”

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