Vivo D'Arte is returning to the Frogmore Paper Mill this September with a production of Jason Robert Brown's musical, Parade with a professional cast. This will be a promenade production set in the historic paper mill. The interest around this production has been immense and we are expecting tickets to sell fast.
“Parade,” based on a true story, explores themes of bigotry, violence and anti-Semitism within the framework of American history.
The story of Parade is true, centring on the 1913 "Trial of the Century" in which Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew living in Atlanta, was falsely accused of killing Mary Phagan, a young girl working in the factory he managed. Leo was railroaded through a trial, found guilty and sentenced to hang. His wife, Lucille, launched a heroic campaign to save his life, eventually convincing the Governor to overturn the death sentence — only to have a mob of vigilantes drag Leo from prison in the middle of the night and lynch him.
The show's title refers to the annual parade held on Confederate Memorial Day, for it was on that day in 1913 that the murder took place. The parade (which is seen at the start, middle and end of the musical to mark the passing of years) was a rallying point for proud Southerners still affected by their defeat in the Civil War.
Public outcry over the little girl's death was easily stirred up by political opportunists and a rabid press. Small wonder that Georgians were quick to condemn an outsider like Leo Frank and take justice into their own hands.
At the forefront of this tragic tale is a heartbreaking love story. Before the trial, Leo and Lucille Frank were formal and restrained with one another.
When the crisis exploded around them, they both emerged stronger despite the struggle, discovering a deep passion for each other that they had not known before. "All the Wasted Time," their duet towards the end of the show, is a sublime expression of grown-up love.
Because of its mature content, Parade is not recommended for children under age 13.
Please note that the Frogmore Paper Mill is a very old building and has uneven floors so we ask audience to take extra care while moving around the building. The Paper Mill can also be quite chilly, even in summer, so please bring something warm to wear. This production of Parade is a promenade performance which means audience will move with the cast around the building. There will be some opportunities to sit during the performance.
Our production of Oliver! is fast approaching and with a cast of over 100 young people this is one show not to be missed.Tickets available here.
WEST SIDE STORY "Excellent production"
- Rupert Sharp, Music Theatre International
We returned to Frogmore Paper Mill in April 2017 with our production of West Side Story. We were blown away by the response to our show. With every performance sold out and standing ovations we could not have wished for more. Our talented cast of performers who worked tirelessly during the intensive 10 day rehearsal and were an absolute dream to work with. We can't wait to return to the mill later this year.
RENT - "An absolute triumph "
- Catherine Bray, Film4
La bohème - "Absolutely stunning"
It is hard to put into words our feelings after two weeks at the Frogmore Paper Mill producing two amazing shows including our first opera. The feedback for both productions has been overwhelming and a testament to the hard work of our talented cast and the team supporting them. We can't wait for our next projects to begin!
THE WIZ - "Stunning Production"
- Muddy Stilettos
"Vivo D’Arte is an amazing company, working with theatre arts students or recent graduates — as well as local youngsters — and staging some stunning productions" Muddy Stilettos July 2016
SWEENEY TODD - "Immersive theatre at its best!" - Watford Observer
Creating a unique promenade, immersive theatre event in a victorian paper mill was never going to be easy but we are thrilled with the show we produced and the amazing response from the audience:
"f the purpose of theatre is to give an audience a memorable, enjoyable, moving experience (which I believe it is), rather than to impress critics, then last night scored 10/10."
"But there were no weak links. Great for us, the audience, and quite unusual in any show at any level."
"Totally blown away by Vivo D'Arte's Sweeney Todd"
"One of the best performances I have ever seen"
"Probably the best night out in ages. Better than most West End shows"
"wonderful performances, inventive set, and superb ensemble work."
"one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences I've ever had"
"what a stupendous performance! Such incredible value for money"
"another fantastic production. I was scared, I was mesmorised, I laughed, I was in awe. Thank you for a great night out and one I didn't go to London for"
THE VIVO AWARDS
We are holding our first VIVO AWARDS NIGHT on 28th November 2015 celebrating the shows we have produced over the past year. For more information and tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A talented cast of young people aged between 6 to 30 years old performed to packed audiences at the Watford Palace Theatre. Standing ovations at every performance were testament to the high quality production. For some of our cast this was their first experience of performing on stage alongside some more experienced performers. Working together they created a truly wonderful production of Lionel Bart's much loved Oliver!
Parade was performed by a cast of mainly adult performers many of whom are graduates, or studying at college or intending to study performing arts. Performing at Watford Palace Theatre, this highly talented cast created some phenomenal theatre with singing and acting of exceptional quality. With standing ovations at every performances we were overwhelmed by the positive response from our audiences who took to social media to express their appreciation:
Our production of Our House was performed at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner in Kings Langley. The cast of young people aged 12 to 18 years performed this high energy, fun-packed musical entertaining audiences over 4 days. Our stunning set included a full-sized Morris Minor car.
Over 60 of our most talented performers took part in a Winter Concert at the Court Theatre in Tring in December 2014. A programme packed full of performances from previous shows including Les Miserables, Noah the Musical, 13, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and many more. The cast also performed songs from productions planned for 2015: Our House, Parade and Oliver. Some of our students who are applying for colleges and universities also performed audition songs. A packed audience gave them a resounding standing ovation.
A talented cast of performers aged from 14 to 28 rehearsed over 7 days to create a simply superb production of Hairspray the Broadway Musical. Critically acclaimed and standing ovations at every performance reflected the high standards we aim to achieve.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
A two week intensive rehearsal period for ensemble and three for principals culminated in four superb performances of The Phantom of the Opera at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley. All performers were aged just 13 to 20 years old and have received rave reviews following the shows.
13 THE MUSICAL
A two week intensive rehearsal period with four performances of 13 the Musical at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley for young performers aged 12 to 15. Behind the scenes participants helped create the set, stage manage and learn many aspects of putting on a production. We also included rehearsals for our youth band who accompanied the show.
NOAH THE MUSICAL
Our second full-scale musical production at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School. A cast of over 40 young people aged 10 to 20 performed and worked back stage on Noah the Musical to create a highly acclaimed production. Noah the Musical was written and composed by Ian Gower and Rob Alderton who both worked with us on this project.
Our first main production was held in August 2012 at the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley. The two week workshop for young people aged 11 to 19 culminated in four highly successful five star reviewed shows.