Who else is Involved in RDTS
The dynamic musical theatre songwriting partnership that is George Stiles (music) and Anthony Drewe (lyrics) have been writing together since they met at Exeter University over twenty years ago.
George and Anthony have written five musicals together:
In 2004 they composed the new songs, additional music and lyrics, vocal and dance arrangements for the multi-award winning
MARY POPPINS, currently one of the UK's and Broadway’s biggest attractions.
Their first musical was TUTANKHAMUN (Northcott Theatre and Imagination Building); which they hope to revisit one day.
JUST SO was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and won the 1985 Vivian Ellis Prize…none other than Steven Spielberg then secured an option to turn it into a feature animation. Just So most recently played at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2004.
HONK!– which was commissioned by the Watermill Theatre in 1993 – has been produced over 4,000 times and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000, the FNB VITA Award in South Africa, and the Elliot Norton Award in the USA.
PETER PAN– A Musical Adventure, began life as a BBC concert presented in 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall starring John Thaw as a wonderfully menacing Captain Hook. Won Best Song and the Orchestras Award at the 1996 International Musical of the Year in Denmark.
They’ve started work on that very rare thing, an original musical called Soho Cinders which is currently at workshop stage; set in modern day London SOHO CINDERS has a very contemporary feel. It’s a 21st century fable, centered on an internet love-story that blends a strong vein of satire with a story of celebrity politics. It has a delicious leading song titled ‘I’m So Over Men’…
Natalie Trained at the Liverpool theatre school and has appeared as 'Sarah' in the West end production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Dance Captain for the John Bishop Tour and 'Cha Cha' in the West end production of Grease the musical. She is delighted to be a guest Teacher at RDTS. Her Student Beau Dermott is a gold buzzer winner and finalist on Britain's Got Talent.
Abi Trained at Arts Educational, London and graduated with a 1st class BA (hons).
Since graduating Abi has played Dynamite in Hairspray, Yum Yum in Hot Milkado directed by Craig Revel Horwood (Watermill touring Production), Minnie in Parade at the Southwalk Playhouse. Abi most recently played Pilar in Legally Blonde at the Savoy - West End. She is delighted to teach for RDTS.
Harry trained at Millenium Dance, London.
West End shows include; Mike in A Chorus Line, Boq in Wicked, Anybody's in West Side Story, IQ in Hairspray, Edward Scissorhands and now is in the Book of Mormon.
Mia has played Tammy in the West End tour of Hairspray, Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever and Alice in Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and this year in Hull.
Mia is due to start the UK tour of Shrek the musical this Spring.
We are lucky to have Mia guest teach at RDTS.
Judi Spiers is a British radio and television presenter. Judi began her broadcasting career at Westward Television, then the ITV station for south-west England. TSW produced a nationally-networked daytime chat show Judi!, which ran for six editions. Judi moved to national television presenting a Daytime show on 1 and 2 called Bazaar before moving onto Daytime Live which came out of pebble Mil.
Judi presented on Radio Two on Saturday Mornings before moving to the afternoon.
Judi featured on You Bet, Celebrity Squares, 15 to One Freddie Star Series, That's Showbiz and many Noel Edmonds House Party's.
Judi travelled the world filming for the Travel Channel before returning to Devon to present a show for Radio Devon which ran for 15 HUGELY SUCCESSFUL years!!! Recently Judi has filmed a series of interviews with well known west country people for Spotlight and presented for Radio Exe….there are plans to do more with them in the future . Judi also have a regular column in the Western Morning News every Monday and Plymouth Herald Wednesdays and writes for Devonlife. Judi is the Patron of Appledore Book Festival in which she play's a big part every years interviewing well known authors its coming up in Oct!
Theatre includes: Emcee in Cabaret, St Jimmy/Resident Director in American Idiot (Arts Theatre - for which he received a What’s On Stage Award nomination and Broadway World nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical’), Edmund in Mark Rylance Sonnet Walks (The Globe), Hubert Rosenberg in Shitfaced Showtime (The Old Red Lion & Brighton Fringe), Understudy Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena Tour) Tony in Saturday Night Fever (RCCL, and USA) Roger in GREASE (Piccadilly Theatre) Duane Jones in Bloodbath (Edinburgh Festival), understudy Pop and Rebel Leader in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Joe Vegas in Fame (UK Tour), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Italian Theatre Tour), Mickey in Blood Brothers (Manoel Theatre, Malta) Robin in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre), Gavrouche in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre). Lucas appeared in the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall).
Theatre includes: Shrek, 9 to 5 (UK tour), High School Musical 2(UK tour), The Sound of Music (UK tour), All Male Patience, Babes In Arms (Union Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Loughborough Town Hall), All My Sons(Liverpool Playhouse), Twopence to Cross the Mersey(Liverpool Empire).
Radio includes: A Fairy Lost in the 21st Century, But Are You Sure It’s Educational?, Billy and Elvis, Till the Words Come Back (BBC Radio 4).
Television includes: GMTV’s Search for Troy, Alan Titchmarsh Show, Blue Peter, Disney 365, This Morning.
Film includes: Disney’s Cinderella.
Other work includes: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Assistant Director (Union Theatre), On Broadway, Director (LIPA).
Represented by Debbie Rimmer Management.
Sam Salter trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2013.
Theatre credits include: Mary Poppins, ensemble in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Big Deal and understudy Action in West Side Story (UK tour) and Peter Pan (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and the Hawth, Crawley). Sam has danced for Ella Henderson on Sunday Night at the Palladium, alongside Kerry Ellis in The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, and as part of the pre-match entertainment at the 2012 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Further credits include: Pineapple Dance Studios for Sky 1; Scott Alan’s music video ‘Again’ and, most recently, a soloist for Fatboy Slim at the Anglo Music Awards in Ibiza.
Sam played the role of Xav in Cucumber for Channel 4 and on radio could be heard on The Midnight Folk for BBC Radio 4.
Alex Johnstone - RDTS pop vocal coach
Alex trained at the academy of music and sound where he now is a vocal coach. He composes, gigs and performs all over Devon. We are very lucky that Alex can bring a new dynamic to the voacl coaching at RDTS.