Taking on the leadership of a large amateur musical theatre group is a big responsibility. I know because I did just that back in 2003, so I admire our Am Dram Star of the Week, Holly White, the newly appointed chairperson of Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company.
Holly comes from a family of am dram royalty in Wolverhampton. Singing and dancing from an early age, Holly followed in the footsteps of her Grandma, Olwen Rowley, former Chairperson of Muscom and her Mum Jan, who performed with the company and alongside Olwen, was co-owner of the local costume company, Stageworld.
I ask Holly what made her take on the job of chairperson: “Muscom had been through many changes and a new committee had formed, to seek younger, fresher input and face new challenges” she says. “My main approach is to include the company in the decisions on Muscom’s future. I want the company to be as much theirs as it is the committee’s.”
As the group is coming up to its 80th anniversary, Muscom will present a concert on March 15-17 at Colton Hills Community School, entitled Around the Musicals in 80 Years.
“Unfortunately in 2018 we could not perform at the Grand Theatre. Shows were few and far between, so the decision to perform a concert to celebrate our 80th year was made. The members were very pleased, as it not only gives everyone a chance to perform, but also the opportunity to be in numbers they may not have had chance to be in in the past,” she says.
“We are performing numbers from Cats, Spring Awakening, Matilda, Saturday Night Fever, Hamilton, Hairspray, Ghost and Holly’s personal favourite, Mack and Mabel.
“I just love Mack and Mabel. It is my all time favourite show! I love the story, the costumes, the music, everything! If I ever get to play Mabel Normand, I feel I may combust!
“We have a great mix of solos, duets, chorus numbers and big dance spectacles. The cast ranges from as young as five to more seasoned members returning to the stage to celebrate this huge milestone.”
Later in the year, Muscom will be performing the sensational musical by Lin Manuel Miranda, In the Heights.
The perfect vehicle for a young, vibrant company, this is the tale of,a young storeowner in the Washington Heights neighbourhood of Manhattan.