News: The Theatre Channel announce release date and line up for Episode 4 – The Holiday Special Episode

December 1, 2020
News: The Theatre Channel announce release date and line up for Episode 4 – The Holiday Special Episode
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Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café present the latest episode of The Theatre Channel, Episode 4 – The Holiday Special Episode, dropping Wednesday 23 December.

Available to book now, this episode features a star-studded cast including Matthew Croke (Aladdin), Sophie-Louise Dann (The Girls), Cassidy Janson (& Juliet), Rachel John (Hamilton), Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins), Manon Taris (The Phantom of the Opera), Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Dreamgirls) and the graduates of ArtsEd 2020, as well as The Café Four which includes Alyn Hawke (Oklahoma), Emily Langham (The Boy Friend), Sadie-Jean Shirley (City of Angels) and Alex Woodward (Mamma Mia!).

Episode 4 will feature a host of festive songs with the following line up of talent and performances:

Matt Croke and Tosh Wanogho-Maud sing a duet version of a new arrangement of “Happy Holidaysand “Let’s Start The New Year Rightfrom Holiday Inn.

Olivier Award-nominee Sophie-Louise Dann sings “We Need A Little Christmas from Mame.

Olivier Award-winner Cassidy Janson sings “White Christmas” from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Olivier Award-nominee Rachel John sings “A Brand New Day” from The Wiz.

Olivier Award-nominee Zizi Strallen sings “Turkey Lurkey Time” from Promises Promises.

Manon Taris sings “Ave Maria Païen” from Notre Dame de Paris.

The Café Four and graduates from the ArtsEd class of 2020 sing “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

Producer Adam Blanshay said, “As we reach the culmination of arguably the most challenging year of the past several decades, our goal with Episode four is to consider and contemplate upon the hardships we have faced, recognize those whom we have lost, but also instil a joyous celebration of the Holiday season, and the promise of the year ahead with brighter times to come. The Holiday episode will exist as a timeless anthem of reflection and hope that will brighten the spirit, no matter the season or time of year. Furthermore, we are so thrilled to be working with the Graduating students of ArtsEd whose burgeoning careers were abruptly halted by the pandemic, hopefully giving them a platform to blossom as the theatre community begins to reopen the doors to live performances once again.”

Sue Sandle, Director of Development at ArtsEd, said, “The whole performing arts industry has been facing significant hardship these last few months.  Recent graduates of drama school have been hit particularly hard, entering a world that is always full of challenges at a time when opportunities are few and far between.  It is important that the industry does all that it can to support these storytellers and theatremakers of the future.  We are thrilled to be working with Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Cafe to offer our recent grads new opportunities and new experiences with The Theatre Channel.”

The Theatre Channel is an innovative web series showcasing well-known musical theatre classics in a unique hybrid of stage and screen.

The first three episodes – starring Tarinn Callender, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Oliver Ormson, Matt Henry MBE, Lucie Jones, Jenna Russell, Jodie Steele, Aimie Atkinson, Linzi Hateley, Bradley Jaden, Ria Jones, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Josh Piterman, Jordan Shaw, Shan Ako, Alex Gaumond, Rob Houchen, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando and John Owen-Jones are also available to purchase – once purchased, audiences are able to watch episodes unlimited times for up to seven days.

The Theatre Channel is produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café, with direction and choreography by Bill Deamer and musical supervision by Michael England, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Keegan Curran, videography by Ben Hewis and hair and makeup by Diana Hudson.

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