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"Cause different is my normal, and normal is my different. 

So why change that, and for what?”

 

Tom is a gay, 25 year old, interning for viberations.org, writing empty articles and quizzes that determine which Kardashian your pet dog is.

Jess, also 25, has just quit her job as a junior doctor and is unsure where life will turn.

Olly & Tyler have been together for three years and are looking for new adventures.

Megan & Chloe are here for all the tea, hangovers and drama.

 

Through the prism of social media, satire and song, SNOWFLAKE is a kaleidoscopic musical navigating the tricky nature of sexual identity and community within the confines of modern millennial hood. What happens when the label you gave yourself no longer fits? Do you fight the confusion or embrace the ambiguity? 

 

INTRODUCTION

We're delighted to be premiering this brand new musical at The Lowry's REWRITES festival: a fantastic platform for new musical theatre development. Developing new musicals often happens behind closed doors. The ability to present the show to a live audience in Manchester and a digital audience around the world is a priceless chance to see how people take to the show and will influence the shows future development. Tonight, you'll experience a flavour of how Snowflake would feel on stage. Tom's creative vision has generated a fantastic semi-staged concert production combined with fantastic piano arrangements from Nick Barstow and Matt Herbert. With a flare of video design and stunning performances, we hope you enjoy this first version of the show and we can't wait to hear what you think.

This show marks writer Lewis Cornay's writing debut. I've had the pleasure of knowing Lewis and this groundbreaking show since 2018. I met him at the start of my new musical journey and I've been constantly amazed at his talent, reactional writing style and all round loveliness. Furthermore, this marks MPTheatricals live theatre producing debut after 18 months of exciting digital projects. 

Thanks to the amazing cast and creative team for coming with us on this development journey. The generous contributions of the company have grown the show into an exciting, undeniably contemporary space. Thanks to the Lowry for their fantastic support and providing us this opportunity. 

We're hoping to connect with venues and producers who could help bring the show to stage in 2022 and beyond. If you are a venue, programmer or producer interested in helping support the show's future, please contact us. We would greatly appreciate any feedback from our audiences. Feel free to email or tweet us @SnowflakeMus!

 

This hilarious, kaleidoscopic musical is undeniably cutting edge, exploring the broad and complex nature of identity in the current society. Thanks for supporting us on this first step of our journey. Welcome to Snowflake. 

Matt Powell - Producer (MPTheatricals) & Video Designer

WRITERS NOTE

‘It is cliche to describe a show as your ‘baby’ but this has one hundred percent been mine. It’s been the most beautiful, frustrating and overwhelming experience, but one that I have treasured immensely as an emerging artist. To raise a baby (yes I’m really going with this metaphor) you need immense support and love, which I was given in bucket loads by both the creative team and cast. Thanks to our brilliant director, a space was created where actors felt safe enough to share their experiences and give honest critique about the plot. This gave me the chance to mould the piece into something that I believe speaks on a universal level. Yes, it’s a show that focuses on sexual identity and the stigma of certain labels, but at its heart it’s just a story about friendship, love and honesty. It was important to not create a show that preached to the converted nor a show that preached to anybody, for that matter. If you see yourself in these characters, amazing- I hope I’ve done you justice. If you don’t, also amazing- I think you’re gonna like them. 

We expected a large majority of our audiences at The Lowry to be young people/ students, but we were pleasantly surprised to have a much wider demographic. In fact, some of our most positive feedback came from those in older generations. One lovely lady told me that she felt like she had the opportunity to learn about all these different experiences and was left just feeling nice and warm. This made me want to curl up into a ball and cry with joy.

I hope you enjoy watching this workshop as much as we enjoyed creating it.’

SONG LIST

ACT ONE

The Legend of the Avocado (Full Company)

GBF (Megan, Chloe & Full Company)

I Don't Feel Like Me Anymore (Jess)

Comfortably in Love (Olly & Tyler)

Sting (Tom & Jess)

St Michaels (Full Company)

Catch Up (Tom)

Comfortably in Love (Reprise) (Tyler)

Unfiltered (Jess, Tom, Megan, Chloe & Full Company)

I Am More (Tom, Jess & Full Company)

ACT TWO

Hashtag Self Care (Megan, Chloe & Full Company)

Wake Up (Tom, Jess, Tyler)

Difference (Jordan, Tom, Jess & Full Company)

Happy (Olly, Megan, Chloe)

I Don't Care (Megan)

Wake Up (Reprise) (Tom, Jess)

I Don't Feel Like Me Anymore (Reprise) (Chloe)

My Voice (Jess)

Change the Plot (Tom)

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR

The musical has been in development since 2018, through rehearsed readings at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and as part of The Grad Fest & The Grey Area’s The Zoom Where It Happens. Snowflake publicly launched in an all-star visual EP, produced by MPTheatricals, last August to huge acclaim & received a finalist nomination for innovation at the Offies.

 

Throughout 2021, with the help of you lovely people, we’ve been crowdfunding for the future of the show. New musicals are a tricky ol’ beast to get funding for and can often take years to be mounted in a theatre. After several replans thanks to that pesky coronavirus, we were delighted to be offered space at the new NDT Broadgate rehearsal rooms. Shortly after this exciting news, the team at The Lowry offered us the main slot in their Autumn REWRITES production! We've now created a semi-staged production of the whole musical, having gone through numerous rewrites and developments and we're thrilled to finally be unleashing it on the world!

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CAST

Tom: LEWIS CORNAY

Jess: EVE NORRIS

Megan: ROCHELLE SHERONA

Olly: ISAAC HESKETH

Tyler: ROLY BOTHA

Chloe: PHOEBE ELLABANI

Ensemble: AITCH WYLIE

Ensemble: ANNIE SOUTHALL

CREATIVE TEAM

Book, Music & Lyrics: LEWIS CORNAY

Director: TOM JACKSON GREAVES

Assistant Director: ANNIE SOUTHALL

Musical Director (Workshop) & Arrangements: NICK BARSTOW

Music Director (The Lowry) & Arrangements: MATT HERBERT

Producer & Video Designer: MATT POWELL

Associate Producers: LAURA LOUTIT, SAMANTHA DYE & MATTHEW RANKCOM for THE GREY AREA THEATRE COMPANY

Trans Consultancy: AITCH WYLIE

Artwork: ANDREW EXETER

Marketing Assistant: LOWRI SPEAR

THE LOWRY:

Senior Producer: MATT EAMES

With support from: ELLEN BURGIN

Lighting: CHARLOTTE STOKER

Sound:  JAY SMITH

Head of AV: JAY ROUND

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

NDT Broadgate, the fantastic team at The Lowry, Stream.Theatre, our generous crowdfunding supporters, The Union Theatre, Grad Fest, ALPMusicals & SIGNALONLINE, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Emma Lucia, Nicola Espallardo, Renee Lamb, Connor Hughes, Olly Christopher, Olivia Alexander, James Nicholson, Aidan Harkins, Alexander Gage, Tara Lucas

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LEWIS CORNAY (he/him)

Writer/Tom

Acting credits: John, John and Jen (Southwark Playhouse), Elder Davis/ Cross, The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), The Elephants Child, Just So (Barn Theatre), The Bellboy/ Wallace Hartley, Titanic the Musical (UK Tour), Ryder, Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue, Nickelodeon (UK ARENA TOUR), Louis Leonowens, The King and I (Royal Albert Hall), Kurt Von-Trapp, The Sound of Music (London Palladium), Michael Banks, Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre).  

Workshops:  Sam Weiss, Ps I’m A Terrible Person (Cockpit Theatre), The Battle of Boat (Stockwell Playhouse), Brothers (The Arts Theatre), The Break (The Arts Theatre), Soul Music (Perfect Pitch). 

Concerts: An Afternoon with Lewis Cornay (Crazy Coqs), Comparing Notes with Lewis Cornay (Crazy Coqs), The Songs of Daniel and Laura Curtis (Hippodrome Casino), Roles We’ll Never Play (Vaudeville Theatre). 

Lewis has recently finished his time on the Soho Writers Lab, where he wrote his debut play ‘Scally’. ‘Snowflake’ gained him an Offie nomination as well as an OnComm Award and he is currently working on various commissions coming out later next year.

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EVE NORRIS (she/her)

Jess

Theatre Credits Include:

Bat Out of Hell (International Tour, Dominion Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Be More Chill (The Other Palace, Shaftesbury Theatre).

 

Eve loves Manchester and is so pleased to be back here with this beautiful new show.

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ROLY BOTHA (they/them)

Tyler

Theatre includes: Death and Dancing (King’s Head); Cascando (Barbican); Ghost Stories (Lyric Hammersmith); Making Fatiha (Camden People’s Theatre); Skylight (tour); CARE (Vaults); Strangers In Between (Trafalgar Studios, King’s Head)

 

Radio includes: Doctor Who - Susan’s War (Big Finish); A Funeral Of Plumes And Lights (BBC)

 

Television includes: Secret Life Of Boys (CBBC); Doctors, Eastenders, Casualty (BBC)

 

Roly is an associate artist of the award-winning physical theatre and devising ensemble The PappyShow.

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ANNIE SOUTHALL (she/her)

Ensemble & Assistant Director

Training: Guildford School of Acting

 

Theatre Credits: Ellie-Mae in Squad Goals, Dulcie in The Boyfriend (Meniere Chocolate Factory) Ensemble U/S Sophie/Lisa Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre London) Oliver Awards in Concert (Royal Festival Theatre)

 

Directing/Choreography Credits: Sex Machine: The James Brown UK Tour Promotion Video.

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MATT HERBERT (he/him)

Musical Director & Arrangements

Based between London and North Essex, Matt is a Music Director, pianist, teacher and a highly praised arranger/orchestrator. He is a graduate of The University of Nottingham (Music) and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Musical Direction). Regularly collaborating with upcoming writers on new musical theatre, apart from Snowflake, he is working closely with Jack Miles on various projects including Adeline, The Problem with Fletcher Mott, and coming up: Jack Miles & Friends – a concert featuring music written by Jack from his collection of shows. He is the Music Director for Nikki Bentley (Wicked, Spamalot, Shrek, Ghost), recently Music Directing her debut solo concert at the Chiswick Playhouse. Matt also has extensive experience in music production and click track creation, having worked on online and live productions and recordings.

 

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ROCHELLE SHERONA (she/her)

Megan

Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire)

Simeon’s Wife/1st Cover Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium)

Ensemble/First Cover Ali in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre)

Belle/First Cover Mama and Cover Pearl in Starlight Express 30th Anniversary (Bochum)

Doris- One of the Church Ladies in The Colour Purple (Cadogan Hall)

Workshops Include:

Mariead in Cable Street Workshop, Director- Adam Lenson

Megan in Snowflake the Musical, Performed at the Lowry, Director- Tom Jackson Greaves

Ensemble/Various in Grayson The Musical Workshop, Director- Sean Foley

Credits during training include:

Deloris in Sister Act

Holly in The Wedding Singer

Angelica in Hamilton (The Schuyler Sister Number)

Television Credits Include:

Mamma Mia on ITV Good Morning Britain 

 

Instagram: @rochellesherona

Twitter: @_sheronaaa

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ISAAC HESKETH (they/she/he)

Olly

Training: The Urdang Academy

Theatre includes: 
Alternate Angel in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre) 
Pearl Reckless In Cherry Jezebel (Liverpool Everyman) 
Elder Cross/Davis in The Book of Mormon (UK/EU Tour)
Ensemble in Aladdin (New Wimbledon Theatre) and Dancer in Saupers (Four Corners Company

Instagram: @isaacmarkhesketh

PHOEBE ELLABANI (she/her)

Chloe

Phoebe is a recent graduate from LAMDA, and has since gone on to work professionally with theatre companies such as Mischief Theatre Company in their most recent tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong playing Annie and Pint of Wine in their workshop of P.S I'm a Terrible Person. She is very excited to be working on this brilliant project!

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AITCH WYLIE (they/them)

Ensemble & Trans Consultancy

Aitch Wylie (they/them) is an actor, singer, and trans inclusionary consultant. 

 

Theatre includes: Stages: A Video Game Musical (Vaults); The Phase (workshop); The Three Musketeers (Uk tour).

 

Radio includes: Dr Who: The War Master (Big Finish)

 

Concerts include: Queered (online); Sinqueerly Me (online); Jodie Jacobs live at The Hippodrome (The Hippodrome) 

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TOM JACKSON GREAVES (he/him)

Director

Tom trained at London Contemporary Dance School and works as a director, choreographer and movement director as well as creating his own dance-theatre productions. He is a long-time collaborator with Kneehigh Theatre and is an Associate Artist of the Watermill Theatre. In 2021 Tom is also directing Jungle Book (Watermill Theatre).

 

Work as director includes The Neon Shadow (Kneehigh/Tom Jackson Greaves);Extraordinary Women (GSA); Disenchanted (West End Musical Livestream); Brother(Southwark Playhouse Livestream); Lucky Stiff (GSA); High Fidelity (Turbine Theatre), Neptunalia (Cscape Dance Company); Seven Deadly Sins (UK Tour) and Vanity Fowl (Sadler’s Wells). 

 

Work as choreographer includes Smoosh (Paraorchestra); Rent (Hope Mill Theatre);Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Amélie the Musical (Criterion Theatre/The Other Palace/Watermill Theatre/UK Tour. Nominated for Olivier Award for Best New Musical); Miracle on 34th Street, Paint Your Wagon, Fiddler on The Roof (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Sweet Charity (Watermill Theatre); Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Manchester/Leehaerang Theatre, Seoul. Broadway World Best Choreography Award); The Life (Southwark Playhouse); LIFT (Soho Theatre).

 

Awards: Creative Award Nomination (Industry Minds 2021); New Adventures Choreographer Award (2012); Marion North Mentorship Award (2015). 

 

Twitter: @TJG_UK

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MATT POWELL (they/he/she)

Lead Producer & Video Designer

Matt is a musical theatre creative, video designer & digital practitioner with a passion for LGBTQIA+ storytelling. Through a variety of creative roles, they are interested in the connection between digital & real world spaces. Alongside freelancing, they are a part time PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton exploring production practices to broaden representations of queer bodies in musical theatre. They produce LGBTQ+ and digital musical theatre through MPTheatricals through artist development, concerts and digital work. Snowflake marks their live theatre producing debut. 

 

Digital and video design credits include WATFORD BIG BUNTING, BUFFERGRAM (Watford Palace Theatre), 34 (Aria Entertainment/The Lowry), PUBLIC DOMAIN (ALPMusicals/Vaudeville Theatre/Southwark Playhouse) THE BLAZING WORLD (University of the Arts, Philadelphia), SHIFT+ALT+ RIGHT (ALPMusicals), PLAZA (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), AMERICAN IDIOT (Derby Theatre.)

 

Recent producing credits include WILF GOES WILD, SNOWFLAKE: VISUAL EP, QUEERED (MPTheatricals), ON HOPE: A DIGITAL SONG CYCLE (The Other Palace),

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NICK BARSTOW (he/him)

Musical Director & Arrangements

Training: St Catherine’s College, Oxford (BA Music)
Theatre credits as Musical Director include: Closer Than Ever (Broadway HD), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (London Coliseum and Broadway HD), And The World Goes ‘Round (Barn Theatre), Cinderella (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Rags (Hope Mill), It’s Only Life (Union), The Terrible Infants (Wilton’s), Wonderland (UK Tour), The Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre – nominated for Best Musical Director), I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road (Jermyn Street – winner of Best Revival), Princess Ida (Finborough)
As Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor include: The Last 5 Years (Garrick, as co-orchestrator), Intermissions Live! (Vaudeville and Stream.Theatre), A Killer Party (Stream.Theatre), Zorro! (Hope Mill), Rags (Park Theatre), Just So (Barn Theatre), Privates on Parade (Union), 5th Anniversary Gala (Curve Theatre)
As Composer: Peter Pan (Barn Theatre), New York (Mountview), A Christmas Carol (Middle Temple Hall), Never Change (selected as part of From Page to Stage 2018), Much Ado About Nothing (UK and French tour), A Comedy of Errors (French Tour)
Selected media credits include: Rags Original London Cast Recording (as orchestrator and music producer), A Christmas Carol Original Cast Recording (as composer and conductor), The Space Between (as arranger and orchestrator), RE:arrangement – the album (as arranger and music producer) and appearances as part of the judging panel for Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir’ (BBC)

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THE GREY AREA THEATRE COMPANY 

Associate Producers

The Grey Area Theatre Company was founded in April 2020 with the aim of supporting new musical theatre in a particularly challenging time for our industry. They provide script feedback, dramaturgy work, production support and are committed to supporting new musicals in any way possible. In September 2020, they produced a rehearsed reading of 'Before After' streamed live from the Southwark Playhouse. This was the first ever live-stream from the venue and exceeded expectations by reaching audiences in 44 countries and trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom. For this, they were awarded an OnComm commendation for our work and shortlisted for the 2021 OnComm Awards. They were the first new production to open at Southwark Playhouse in over a year with 'You Are Here' which ran for four weeks and received 3 OFFIE nominations, including 'Best Performance' for Wendi Peters.