Fifty shows with ELODS

on Tuesday, 08 March 2011. Posted in N21 Community

                            

 

 

 

 

On 22 March Mark Newport will take up the baton for his 50th show with Winchmore Hill based amateur theatre group ELODS, conducting Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The show will run from 22-26 March at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar. 


Mark’s 26 year personal commitment to ELODS is mirrored in his professional life where he’s spent nearly 20 years working on the hit musical Les Miserables.  In that time he’s had a variety of jobs including conducting the show on tour and a spell as Associate Musical Director at the Queen’s Theatre, the show’s West End home.  He’s been involved in several community activities for Les Miserables, including concerts of the show, master classes, TV competitions and school productions as well as regular rehearsals for cast changes and understudies.  And he’s also worked on a string of other hit musicals, including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Cats and Chicago.  


Performing so many different musicals with ELODS means that every six months Mark has to learn a new score and coach principals and chorus members through the songs.  He also has to recruit an orchestra of professional musicians to play for the week the show is running.  But Mark thrives on this constant challenge. 


“The cast will rehearse with me for months before each show” Mark says about his rehearsal schedule.  “But the musicians only join us the week the show goes on.  That makes the two days before our opening night pretty intensive, but also great fun as the orchestra learn their parts and the cast get used to singing with them.  Their professionalism always shows through, and they always pull off a great performance”. 


For Mark, it has always been important to work with his local community.   He has taken his enthusiasm for music making into teaching in primary and junior schools, college, University and some of the country’s top drama schools.  In November last year Mark organised a concert at his local school in aid of Children in Need.  In typical style, he drafted in soloists from Les Mis as well as from ELODS to sing with the school choir.  For all involved it was a fun and very special day.  He has also used his West End contacts to bring the Resident Director of Les Miserables to North London for a master class in musical theatre with ELODS.  


“It’s surprising how many of the same basic ideas and techniques can be used throughout”, Mark said about his professional work and his role with ELODS.  “Les Miserables has given me lots of experiences that hopefully I can pass on to ELODS, but equally I have learned things at ELODS which have helped me in my West End career.” 

 

 

 

Fancy a role in the next ELODS production? Could you help out with make up, lighting or props?

 

Get in touch with ELODS

 

 www.elods.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 22 March Mark Newport will take up the baton for his 50th show with Winchmore Hill based amateur theatre group ELODS, conducting Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show will run from 22-26 March at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar.

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