Cast are announced for UK premiere of THE REGULARS at Hope Mill Theater LGBTQIA + Arts Festival


The final cast is announced today for ‘The Regulars’, the flagship event of Turn On Fest, the 3rd annual LGBTQIA + festival at Hope Mill Theater.

‘The Regulars’, a folk musical, which is produced and developed by Hope Mill Theater, has the music, lyrics and book by Will Shishmanian, who also directs the cast as Marc Howard.

The musical was developed with and directed by Miss Hazel Jade.

Marc Howard leaves his childhood home for a rural town in the upstate in search of a new kind of family. When he lands a warehouse job in the city’s local orchard, he encounters toxic masculinity and comes to terms with his new male privilege. On his first day of work, he befriends Dani Thompson, a queer black woman who opens her own gay bar. Over time, these two very regular people form and find a chosen family in each other and in their community.

With a passionate score and a familiar storyline, “The Regulars” is an original and compelling musical about identity and self-esteem, reminding us that despite our differences, we all deserve to be accepted for who we are. .

‘The Regulars’ will premiere in concert form at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 before moving on to a production workshop at the Hope Mill Theater in 2023.

To throw:

Will Shishmanian (he / he (author and performer of Mark) is a musical theater composer, lyricist and
singer-songwriter from Queens, New York.

Aiesha Pease (she / she, Dani) was at ‘Hadestown’ at The National Theater and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, touring UK.

Nathalie Paris (she / she, Betsy) just completed a three-year run as the original cast Jane seymour in ‘Six’ in the West End, winning an Olivier Award nomination.

Idriss Kargbo (he / him, Brandon) was Boq in ‘Wicked’, West End and Donkey in ‘Shrek’, UK tour.

Matthew Facchino (he / him, Derrick) was Anthony in “Sweeney Todd” at the English Theater in Frankfurt, and appeared in “All-Male Pirates of Penzance” by Sasha Regan in the West End.

Teddy Hinde (they / them, Jax) is a non-binary interpreter, currently in training at Trinity Laban
Conservatory of music and dance.

Mark Lockhart (he / him, Hunter) is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Musical Theater Masters.

Amy Fleur (her / her, ensemble) was a featured soloist for the recent online production of “Godspell” from the Hope Mill Theater.

James Markham (he / him, together) was Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Rafe in ‘Fourplay’ at the Royal Court in Liverpool.

Jordan Walker (he / they, together) graduated in 2021 from the Guildford School of Acting.

Director of ‘Les Réguliers’, Miss Hazel Jade, said: “I am incredibly excited to present Shish’s beautiful songs at Turn On Fest and to continue to develop ‘The Regulars’ with Hope Mill! It is a dream to share the world of Amberland with the Manchester public . “

Creative team:

Will Shishmanian, he / him (Author / Composer)
Miss Hazel Jade, she / she (Director / Developer)
George Strickland, he / him (Music Director)
Anessa marie, she / she (Concert arrangements)
Pearsion Casting (Concert Casting)
Josh evans, he / him (Sound engineer)
Tom Sutcliffe he / him (Festival Manager)
Hope Mill Theater (Producer)

Hope Mill Theater will collaborate with Trans Creative to dub the poster for ‘The Regulars’ alongside the new script Trans. Trans Social Club, a space for trans and non-binary people and their allies to meet, socialize and share their work in a safe and trans-friendly space to tell our own stories, will feature new writings from some some of the best trans artists in the Northwest, as well as others. and new talent to come.


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