MEET OUR 2019 PRODUCTION TEAM………
EMMA NORMAN - DIRECTOR/MUSICAL DIRECTOR
As the founder of The Christie Musical Theatre Company in 2010, Emma is excited to be directing A Concert for Christies 2019 - having just directed ‘In the Heights’ for the group.
Emma began her professional career as a vocalist at Granada Studios in Manchester in 1992 for 6 years and has since gone on to tour nationally and internationally as a backing vocalist in bands (most notably The Commitments; One Night of Elvis and for the legendary Joe Longthorne); on luxury cruise liners as a headliner for Saga Holidays and in Musical Theatre - before retiring to work for Cuffe and Taylor in their Artist Management Department, looking after a host of accomplished recording artists.
Favourite roles include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Cuffe and Taylor); Florence Vassey in Chess (Imagine Productions) and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (BOP) - most recently, Emma played Abuela Claudia in the English Amateur Premiere of ‘In the Heights’ (HATS) for which she won a Manchester Musical Award and a BATS Award.
Emma is the proud recipient of three NODA Awards for Direction - ‘The Producers’ staged at Blackpool Grand Theatre; ‘A Concert for Christies 2015’, (staged at the Lowther) and ‘In the Heights’ (staged at Lowther Pavilion - which also won BEST MUSICAL and PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR).
INSTA - @thestuffofnorms
GILL ROWLAND - PRODUCER/TREASURER and COMPANY MANAGER
Gill became involved with The Christie MT Company in 2011 working Front of House - but was soon invited to become Treasurer and Company Manager in 2012. Gill’s many duties include the accounts/costume/theatre and charity liason/props/Front of House and chief brew maker!
Her keen interest in Musical Theatre makes this a fun and rewarding project and she enjoys seeing her husband John performing alongside some of her closest friends in aid of such a worthwhile charity.
INSTA - @gill.rowland.56
DI BARRON - CHILDREN’S CHOREOGRAPHER/COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER
Di trained at Bush Davies, after which she had a long and varied career in professional theatre, cabaret and television.
Credits include Stars in their Eyes (resident dancer - Granada); French & Saunders, The Russ Abbott Show, Paul Daniels Show and Ruby Wax (all for BBC) and several Royal Variety Performances (BBC). Fashion show appearances for Wella, Toni & Guy, Next and C&A plus various contracts for Arlene Phillips.
2017 saw Di choreographing the children at Lytham Festival West End Proms for Cuffe and Taylor - performing alongside Broadway and West End stars Lea Salonga, Jon Lee, Jodie Prenger, Ruthie Henshall and Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro.
Di has proudly been Principal of Fylde Stage Academy for the past 15 years and has been Children’s Director/Company Choreographer for The Christie Musical Theatre Company since its inception in 2011.
INSTA - @barrondi
GARETH PEARSON - CREATIVE ADVISOR/COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER
Gareth is a founder member of Team Christies and has worked as a Choreographer and Creative Advisor from the beginning. Gareth has been involved with Performing Arts for many years - which has culminated in several Noda Awards for Choreography and Acting.
As a teacher, he works with children of vastly differing abilities, introducing them to the joys of Musical Theatre. Favourite shows/roles played include Rolf in The Sound of Music, Ethan/Malcolm in The Full Monty; Bill Sykes in Oliver; Murdoch/Fleet/Mr Andrews in Titanic and UK Tours including The Musicals Collective/Greatest Kids Sing-Along/Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
INSTA - @garethpearsonn
ROSE BUCKMASTER - COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER/DANCE CAPTAIN
Rose began her performance training at the age of four. She went on to train professionally, graduating with teaching qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap Dance, Modern Theatre, Disco/Freestyle and National Dance. After completing her training, Rose moved to the Balearic Islands to teach at "Llar Dansa", producing sell-out productions at the Auditorium de Palma. She later moved back to the UK to create her own stage school and is now the proud principal of Red Rose Stage Academy.
Rose was thrilled to have been asked to assist with the kids choreography for the West End Proms a Lytham Festival in 2017. Rose was Dance Captain for In the Heights last year and played the role of Yolanda alongside creating sections of featured choreography within the show.
INSTA - @rosejbuckmaster
CHARLOTTE DALTON - COMPANY CHOREOGRAPHER
Charlotte is a founder member of the company and has therefore always found her way back to us in-between her professional engagements - most recently performing as Vanessa in our production of In the Heights.
Charlotte trained at GSA and has toured extensively as dancer/actress/vocalist for the past 10 years.
Credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat UK Tour for Bill Kenwright, Desdemona in Othello, Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk pro Panto and Miss Bonnie in Acorn Antiques (directed by Peter Taylor).
Charlotte recently performed at West End Proms as featured vocalist/dancer alongside Lea Salonga, Ruthie Henshall, Jon Lee and Collabro and as featured backing vocalist on the Sheridan Smith UK Tour.
INSTA - @msdaltonhall
SAM HEMINGWAY - STAGE MANAGER/TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Sam has had an interest in theatre since school, although he realised performing wasn’t for him from a pretty early stage. He took this interest further and studied Theatre & Performance Technology at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Whilst studying, Sam started his professional career as a technician working for Liverpool Sound City and The Epstein Liverpool.
On leaving LIPA Sam joined Cuffe & Taylor managing the technical department at The Atkinson Southport. Sam now works as part of the Head Office Team at C&T and although he now spends more time in a field than a theatre he still enjoys technical theatre working for ASDC & SONG in Southport, PMCS in Preston and for the first time in 2018 with The Christie Musical Theatre Co as Stage Manager of In the Heights.
INSTA - @yorkie_sh