Boogie Nights

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Boogie Nights at the Lowry Theatre in Salford was produced and performed by the Salford Musical Theatre Company.

The Story


S.M.T.C. Production of Boogie Nights!!!

It’s the night that the King, Elvis Presley, died and Roddy O’Neill is busy dreaming of life as a rock star! Debs, his girlfriend, has her own thoughts… basically that Roddy’s a selfish, arrogant, horrible, unfeeling, rude, heartless pig!

But the truth is that Roddy is in love with Debs, and Debs is in love with Roddy, but Debs knows that her Roddy has more than a roving eye! Through all their tears and laughter – can they both find what they are truly searching for?

This hilarious and heart-warming story of laughter, tears and the search for love is packed with some of the grooviest chart topping Disco hits of the 70’s guaranteed to get the audience up on their feet doing the bump and the hustle to the sounds of the 70’s!

Disco Classics include ‘You Sexy Thing’,’ Y.M.C.A.’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘In The Navy’, ‘Can You Feel The Force’, ‘I Love To Love, ”Boogie Wonderland’ and many, many more!!

This is another fantastic SMTC musical production with a difference!

Performed in the round so everyone in the audience can feel like they are part of the action, plus SMTC invite their audiences to dress up in 70’s fashion, put in a record request slip and get down on the dance floor before, during and after this ultimate 70’s party musical!

Radio personality and born and bred Salfordian, Mike Sweeney also gave some of his valuable time to help promote the show.

The Players

The cast of the Salford Music Theatre company is a fluid one, that is to say that’s it’s constantly changing. As cast members move on to bigger and better roles outside of the S.M.T.C. or move over to smaller more localised drama and theatre groups dotted around the North West of England. There are also new additions to the group as they get people joining for the first time, dipping their toes into the exciting world of drama and theatre production.

They come from all walks of life, most holding down full time day job but managing to put in the time and effort to pull off some outstanding performances in what they do.

Some members come from the world of entertainment and have roots either on the stage or in a performance capacity.

The Company

The company was formed in may 1952 under the name of Salford Amateur Operatic Society (SAOS) by Salford Corporation as part of their community cultural initiatives. Rehearsals were held at Salford Education Offices and at the Old Nelson Inn, Bexley Square. The first shows were Gilbert & Sullivan productions performed at small venues – Broughton Modern School, King Street Public Hall, Clarendon Road School and the Old Windsor Theatre.

In 1966 productions moved to the Victoria Theatre, Salford. The first production at the Victoria was “Ruddigore”, and the first non-GS production was “Maid of the Mountains”. The final production at the Victoria was “Quaker Girl” in 1971. At this time the sons of the deceased owner had no interest in continuing operating the Theatre and turned it over to Bingo!!

So in 1972, SAOS moved to a new base, the recently opened Lancastrian Hall, Swinton. The first production being “Gypsy Baron” and “Rose Marie”. Productions at the Lancastrian continued until 2001 when SAOS were yet again forced to find a new home when the City of Salford decided to close the venue for redevelopment.

Note that to date the site has still not been redeveloped.

In 2002 SAOS became Salford Musical Theatre Company and a major decision was made to move to the Lowry, Salford Quays. This move coincided with our 50th Anniversary.

Our first production in the Quays Theatre at the Lowry was “My Fair Lady” in May 2002, Subsequent productions being “Guys and Dolls” June 2003, “Fiddler On The Roof” May 2004, “Me and My Girl” May 2005 (our first production “In the round”) “Oklahoma!” May 2006. In May 2007 our production was “Jekyll & Hyde” ?which gained a “BEST ACTOR” award for Jon Crebbin from Manchester Musical Awards (MMA) and Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF). Director Howard Raw also received the “BEST DIRECTOR” award from the GMDF. Following our most lavish production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” in May 2008, the society had to rethink how they could best serve their audince and the decision was made to stage more productions at our rehearsal venue, Patricroft United Reformed Chuch.

In 2009 we staged an innovative adaptation of Alan Rice’s “Andy Capp” in the round, and it brought the house down! Great fun was had by all the cast, crew and audiences as a simple church hall was transformed into the bawdy world of the popular cartoon strip characters.

2010 saw our return to the Quays theatre at the Lowry with the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “Carousel” which we gave our usual twist and also staged in the round, winning Best Show and Best All Round Performance from the Manchester Musical Awards for James Cockerill as Billy Bigalow.

Our first performance outside of Salford was in 2011 as we staged “Oliver” at Radcliffe Civic Theatre, taking our talented members on tour and Kirsty Hatton winning Best Female for her portrayal of Nancy from the Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF).

SMTC staged their first pantomime in 56 years “Panto at the OK Corral”  in Jan 2009 and have given audiences of all ages lots of laughs with “Aladdin 2010/11 and Cinderella in 2011.

In 2012 We won the NODA District 1 Best Pantomime for our production of “Puss in Boots” written & Directed by the company’s Vice Chair – Mike Clarke

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