The Producers production team
Director and Choreographer
LAOS welcomes Louise back to the helm, continuing her association with us which began in 2003 when she choreographed ‘42nd Street’. She has directed and choreographed all our shows since then, most recently the highly acclaimed ‘Sweeney Todd’ here at the Playhouse last Spring, and the sellout production of ‘Oliver!’ at the Grand in November.
Louise trained in Leeds with Jean Pearce and John Auty, and at the Laban Centre, London. Her performing career was cut short by injury, around the same time she was asked to choreograph for the first time at York Theatre Royal.
Throughout her career, she has directed and/or choreographed hundreds of shows of all types, and has recently won awards for best direction, choreography and overall production.
Louise and two colleagues formed production company Locked Out Productions in 2007, in order to bring new and exciting shows to the region. They will be producing ‘The Full Monty” in July.
She is also Artistic Director of DAMUUS Dance Co., a company aimed at bridging the gap between the young amateur and the professional dancer. This is their tenth year, and they will be celebrating with a performance at Wakefield Theatre Royal in July.
Louise is Resident Choreographer at Scala Performing Arts in Leeds, and is a freelance teacher of Dance and Musical Theatre, having taught in schools and colleges throughout Britain, plus short spells in Europe and Australia.
Choreography for television includes ‘Heartbeat’, ‘The Dancer’, ‘Panto Time’, ‘My Parents Are Aliens’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Booze Cruise’, ‘Bernard’s Watch’, ‘The Marchioness’ and BBC’s ‘Children In Need’.
Louise is about to open ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ (Harrogate Theatre), ‘Fame’ (York Opera House) and ‘Footloose’ (Wakefield Theatre Royal).
We are delighted to welcome back our Musical Director of our recent production of ‘Oliver!’ at the Grand Theatre. Jim has held the baton at Leeds since 2005 when he joined us for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, then ‘West Side Story’ in 2006, both here at the Playhouse. This was followed by ‘Ragtime’ at the Grand in 2007, and ‘Sweeney Todd’ back at the Playhouse in April last year.
Jim has a wealth of musical experience. He has been involved with a number of West Yorkshire groups over the past thirteen years, and has been Musical Director for the pantomime at Leeds City Varieties for fifteen seasons. He has been MD for the Potato Room Players here in Leeds, St Andrew’s Players in Harrogate, and for Stage 84 at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. Further afield he works on an annual basis with 250 young people at the Swan in High Wycombe, producing a full scale musical in only two weeks.
Jim is a composer in his own right, having been shortlisted for the prestigious national Vivienne Ellis Award for new musicals when he co-wrote the musical adaptation of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. He also co-wrote the music for a children’s Christmas musical ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’, and has written TV jingles for two well known breakfast cereals.
In addition, Jim works as a musical arranger – recent work includes theatre shows for Page & Moy cruise liners and BBC Radio Four drama. Jim is also actively involved in delivering and managing community arts projects in South Yorkshire.