The Company and our House Band
Matt and Company have been rehearsing since May and are meeting every Sunday afternoon.Do visit our facebook page for updates and photos. Our house Band, 2 Many Charlies now has 8 members and an additional Charlie on the trumpet!
Olivia ( Livvy) Reade
Olivia is very excited about joining the Sing for a Cure cast as it's youngest member at 10 years old. Olivia lives in Eastbourne and attends the My Theatre Academy where she has been involved in a number of productions and played the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
Music is something I love to do and I have been dancing, singing and performing in shows since the age of 6. Doing Sing for a Cure is so much fun because I'll be doing something I really enjoy for a good cause as well as working with an amazing team.
Alice Kelly is another fabulous voice from Ariel Theatre Company. She also happens to be a student at St. Paul's Catholic College. We welcome Alice's who brings many talents to the show !
Musical theatre is my absolute passion! I have done it from a very young age. However from the last 7 years I have attended Ariel company theatre (which is amazing) and developed my skills. Sing for a cure has given me a chance to use these skills towards something so special and important and also develop my skills as a choreographer. Thankyou Dominique
Amy Rollings, Musical Director
Amy Rollings who has a musical background agreed to be our Musical Director, something we knew we needed last year but never found the right person! We are very pleased to have Amy working with us and managing the band and rehearsals for us. We're not saying that the band members are difficult to manage but they need keeping in line and focused!
Tom Ball joins our Company this year .Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 9 and now on an insulin pump , Tom naturally wants to help us raise money for JDRF to enable them to continue their research into a Cure and find more therapies to make life easier for people with Type 1.Tom has trained with Ariel Company Theatre since the age of 9 and has had multiple opportunities to perform over those years, including playing the part of Val Jean in Les Mis.
I was born in the North East, and my early musical influences stem from listening to many colliery brass bands and listening to Joe Loss (live) in Sunderland on a frequent basis in company with my father. I learnt to play the trumpet through secondary school and later on in life had the privilege of playing as a voluntary musician in The Royal Air Force covering official engagements such as ‘passing out’ parades and other military and some royal occasions. I have never lost my love of music and over the years I have played in a five piece band playing many popular tunes from the 60/70/ 80s and more recently I have enjoyed playing in a jazz band. I am delighted to be supporting S4C which has given me the drive and motivation to improve my playing and to enjoy and support a very worthy cause at the same time. I hope you have a great evening dancing in the aisles. Go for it !
Matt joins us this year for the first time. He is a very competent trumpeter and a good friend of Ben, Charlie and Charles as they all go to the same school, St. Paul's Catholic College. We welcome Matt to the band!
Samuel ( centre front) is once again our pianist and wanted to be involved for another show. We are pleased to have him back this year!
Charlie Mills, guitarist and Ben Cowling , bass guitar
Charlie says : I've been playing guitar since I was seven years old and my favourite thing in the world is AC/DC! I chose to do Sing For A Cure because I am great friends with Ben, Cameron and Sophie and I cannot bare to see them suffer from diabetes. I admire their positivity and I'm sure that I would never be able to deal with something like diabetes, so I would like to do everything I can to help them put an end to it. Ben says: I'm not doing this because my dad told me I have to but because my dad told me I want to, and I do!
I was in Sing For A Cure last year and I really enjoyed being part of the team who helped put the event together. So when Matt asked if I was up for not only drumming again, but speaking again, I couldn’t resist! So, a bit about myself, I am 16, I play the drums, bass and Ukulele. I am mad for anything thing technical and as of September, I will be studying Technical Theatre (Sound and Lighting) at The BRIT School of Performing Arts.
Charlie is our trombonist and has been friends with Ben since the age of 11 when they met at St. Paul's Catholic college.
Peter was involved in last years show and enjoyed it so much he agreed to take part in this year's show ! We are very pleased to have him on board. As a brilliant saxophonist and a good singer too he is a valuable asset to the Company and Band !
Paul has been an actor, ballet dancer, landscaper, roofer, sailor and has worked with various wildlife organisations across the country. Having been in last years show he says he has to be part of this year's show because he's missed everyone so much! We are very glad he's agreed to join us again.
Sophie's now in yr 9 at St Paul's Catholic college in Burgess hill. She's attended Ariel company theatre since she was 4yrs old and has taken part in workshops and performed in their productions of Joseph, Wizard of Oz and Jnr Musicality. Sophie is delighted to be taking part in "sing for a cure" again and raising more money for the juvenile diabetes fund as she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9yrs old. Sophie hopes you enjoy the show!
Matt was born and raised in Eastbourne he moved to Ardingly in the mid 90’s. He still lives locally with his wife Rachel and between them they have seven children and two grand children......, oh yes and Amber the family dog! Matt and Rachel’s youngest son Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes seven years ago. The diagnosis started Ben’s balancing act on the ‘Type 1 tight rope’ a journey which, he will have to walk the rest of his life...., unless a cure can be found! Ben is supported by his great family, friends and a superb team at the Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital in Brighton. The JDRF supports many families and they are the only charity that funds projects actually looks to cure this life threatening condition. The original concept, which brought us ‘Sing for a Cure 2015’ has now grown into Sing for a Cure 2016 and our new theme, Timeless. Matt hopes you all enjoy the show and we make lots of money for JDRF !