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Local man’s musical about strangers stuck on a train

Cast members of new musical Stop The Train. Pictures courtesy of Bradley Hamer Photographic

Cast members of new musical Stop The Train. Pictures courtesy of Bradley Hamer Photographic

A Ribble Valley based theatre company is jubilant after the launch of its very first musical.

Ribcaged, which appears regularly at Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre, unveiled Stop The Train to much applause from a delighted audiences.

But they hope that the premiere is just the first “stop” on a theatrical journey will take them to London’s West End theatres.

The programme notes for the show detailed how the musical had been years in the making – starting out as a idea Richester-based Rick Guard had on a train.

Writers and producers, Rick Guard and Phil Rice say they were overwhelmed by the reception and praise which their “baby “ received from three sell-out audiences.

For Rick and Phil, it was a very important step along the long road to wider showbiz recognition.

The story line of the show has twists galore and those who have seen it are requested not to reveal too much.

Every number provides a story in itself, and director Owen Phillips said he was “delighted and moved by the audience reactions every night “.

The show team was determined to stage the musical in Ribble Valley first with local actors,singers and dancers.

Ribcaged Productions has enjoyed a close relationship with the Clitheroe Grand theatre over recent years.

Rick, Phil, Owen and choreographer Lindsey Pollard are all from the area and the cast comprises professional actors and dancers from the North West .

 

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