Director – Marilyn Norton-Smith
Marilyn has a long history of involvement with Musical Theatre. She studied ballet, tap, modern, singing and elocution from a young age taking many exams, together with attending at Eisteddfods, competitions and the like. Over the years, Marilyn has been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to play many fabulous leading roles with various Bristol Amateur Companies. These have included Charity in Sweet Charity, Anna in The Rink, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Nelly Forbush in South Pacific, Velma in Chicago, to name a few. She also sang semi-professionally with a 70s style band and later in the 80s spent a year as a Bluecoat Entertainer at Pontins, a very interesting time! Marilyn has directed & choreographed for many amateur groups in Bristol and also choreographed many productions over a 10 year period with a local secondary school, travelling with them to teach and perform in their twin town secondary school in Germany. A brilliant experience for the children and adults alike. Marilyn has been involved with adult and local youth groups over many years and in recent times assisted with a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ performed by B.L.O.C. at the Bristol Hippodrome. She is delighted to be taking up the role of Director with Minis Theatre Club and is looking forward with excitement to the new challenges ahead.
Choreographer – Mandie Love-Williams
Mandie has always had a love for the theatre and dance! From ballet to disco and tap to ballroom! Having won several competitions and experienced an extensive number of leading roles in various amateur shows locally, Mandie took the plunge and decided to try out life in ‘showbiz’. Working successfully for 9 years in ‘the business’ including cruise ships, TV, Theatre, the Northern and South Wales Club circuits. Mandie eventually decided to come to Bristol to a ‘normal life’. She now works as a Nurture Practitioner and Drama teacher at Knowledge, a learning base for young people with complex needs and every day is a performance! Mandie has choreographed for a number of adult drama clubs in Bristol including St Marys Players, the Whitchurch Players and Bristol Musical Comedy Club. Mandie is also the choreographer her own company Starlite Productions which she formed 16 years ago with Andrew Ford. Their aim is to raise money for local children’s charities’ and to date have raised over £100,000.00.
Mandie is thrilled to have the post of choreographer for the Minis theatre club, having taken the reigns from the wonderful Jacqui Bell she is aware that she has big shoes to fill to live up the high standard set.
Musical Director – Will Peters
Will is a profession piano player specialising in jazz, who has studied Music and Drama throughout his career culminating with an honours degree in Music at Bath Spa University. Will has spent his working career teaching music and working closely with schools and youth theatre groups as Musical Director, as well as pursuing a career as an arranger/composer for numerous groups and ensembles. Will also owns and runs his own company, Minor To Major, who provide music opportunities for children and young musicians in the Bristol area and are now entering their 4th year of highly successful projects!