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PARADE

Our fourth production at the Frogmore Paper Mill will be taking place this September 2017.

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

OLIVER!

Following the success of Oliver! and the Wiz at Watford Palace theatre, Vivo D'Arte are thrilled to announce our first Stage Experience for young people ages 7 - 23 this August, working in partnership with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. In this exciting production, cast and technical participants will work together on a production of Oliver!, starting with intensive rehearsals from Mon 7 Aug culminating in performances from Wed 16 - Sat 19 Aug, taking place on the prestigious Aylesbury Waterside Theatre stage. Oliver! is one of the most beloved and well-known British musicals that vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' story of the boy who asked for more. Psyched to play Sikes? Fancy playing Nancy? Always been an artful dodger? Or want to wow in the Workhouse?! This could be your time to shine as one of the many wonderful characters in this stage classic. For more information about Stage Experience, fees and auditions please email auditions@vivodarte.co.uk Tickets on sale now at: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre