"Santa Santa!" is a large-scale new musical for the whole family, in the vein of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", "Mary Poppins" and "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory".
When young Colin's mother can't be found anywhere, it seems that she has been accidentally kidnapped by Jack Frost. Santa needs Colin's help to rescue her, and so begins a fantastic adventure into the world of magic that will capture the heart...
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At the beginning of July 2022 the show was finally heard live for the first time, at an informal playthrough in North London. Jeremy Wootton conducted The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, a chorus of twenty, and seven soloists including Rosemary Ashe and Stephen Weller. This ten-minute video comprises highlights of that day.
Santa Santa - A New Family Musical
Music and Lyrics by Aidan Bell
Book by Leo West
|Oboe/Cor Anglais||Nina Swann|
|Tap Dancing||Jake Pratt|
Mixing and mastering by
James De Silva for De Silva Theatrical
Rosemary Ashe (Tracks 15/18/19)Emma Bennett (Tracks 5/14)
Lewis Griffiths (Track 9)Aidan Bell (Track 7)
Gemma Brodrick (Tracks 7/21)Sarah Victoria Brown (Track 15)
Oliver Loades (Track 2)Theodore Loades (Tracks 17/20)
The Nantwich Singers Enchorus
Kay Cliff, Mark O'Dea, Zachary Elliott, Catherine Harvey, Suzanne Heaton Wright, Kirk Duncan, Neil Simon
Ellie-Jo and Tilly-Jade Pratt Sophie and Alysia Bennett Georgia and Abbie Crook Luke and Abby Stockwell Richenda Campbell YPA Singers
"Santa Santa!" is Aidan's fourth musical, following "Piper", the story of the legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin; "Elite", based on the best-selling 80s computer game of the same name; and "Aesop", a reworking of the famous fables.
Born in 1964, Aidan has worked all his life in music and theatre, essentially as a performer, with roles including Aunt Spiker in "James and the Giant Peach" (Hornchurch), Riff-Raff in "The Rocky Horror Show" (Vienna), Mary Sunshine in "Chicago" (Stuttgart), Chantal in "La Cage Aux Folles" (Graz), Odyseus in "Troy - The Musical" (Wellington), Annas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Tecklenburg), Teen Angel in "Grease", Margaret Mead in "Hair" and Uncle Ernie in "Tommy" (Kassel). He has also recorded several CDs, including his solo album, "Timewarp"; the live recordings of "Musical? - Oh My God..." and "The Best of Musicals"; and in London, new recordings of "The Rocky Horror Show" (with Brian May, Anita Dobson and Christopher Lee) and "Hair".
Leo has been involved in musical theatre since he was 13, when he appeared in a youth production of "West Side Story" as Officer Krupke. Since then he has completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. He was involved in over 70 theatrical productions during his his four years of study, including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Off-West End showcases.
After his role in the new musical "Sunshine Guy", he turned his hand to writing musical theatre and directed his first musical, "The Comedian", written with Josh Sood, to success in Birmingham. Now based in London, he continues to write for stage and screen.
Nigel Harvey toured the Holiday Park circuit for over 20 years as comedy ventriloquist Naughty Nigel Harvey, with his puppets Ben and Sox. He has appeared in over 26 pantomimes, playing the comic role or dame.
One year, when Nigel's pantomime was cancelled at the last moment, he was offered some corporate work playing the role of Santa Claus. Such was the response and success that Nigel is now considered by many to be the country's premier Santa. Last year alone saw TV appearances including The BBC's "Christmas Pointless Celebrities", "CBeebies" and "The One Show", ITV's "Text Santa" and "This Morning", Sky One Sports, and Ideal World Shopping Channel.
Rosie has appeared in many West End productions including: Carlotta, the Prima Donna in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of The Opera"; Madame Thenardier in "Les Miserables"; Widow Corney in "Oliver!"; Felicia Gabriel in "The Witches of Eastwick" (for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical); Miss Andrew, the nasty nanny in "Mary Poppins"; and Lottie Grady in "When We Are Married" at The Garrick. She has recently been performing her one-woman tribute to Ethel Merman, "Call Me Merman", to great acclaim.
She has also appeared with English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Opera, Opera Northern Ireland and Carl Rosa, in many different roles including Musetta in "La Boheme", Helene in "La Belle Helene", Frasquita in "Carmen" and Despina in "Cosi Fan Tutte", to name but a few.
Television & radio appearances include: "An Audience With Ronnie Corbett", "The House of Eliott", "Friday Night is Music Night" and "Songs From the Shows".
Rosie can be heard on many cast albums including: "The Phantom of the Opera", "Kismet", "The Boyfriend", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Oliver!", the 10th anniversary concert of "Les Miserables" and "Mary Poppins".