PICK Me Up Theatre's cast for Ghost The Musical in York are raring to go after being put through their paces for a month by the young creative triumvirate of Robyn Grant, Jed Berry and Tom Marlow.
Director Robyn, 20, choreographer Jed, 18, and musical director Tom, 23, have worked together previously in their own company, NUE Music Theatre, and now Pick Me Up founder and producer Robert Readman has called on their services.
"As Robyn was still training at drama school until July 11, this show really has been a last-minute miracle, but with the company's high level of commitment and talent,everything has pulled together," says Robert.
Jed will start musical theatre training at Guildford School of Acting in September, when Lottie Henshall, who plays Molly Jensen in Ghost, will enter her third year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Emma Osman, who stars as Oda Mae Brown, and director Robyn will begin their second year at East 15 Acting School that month.
"All of these young performers in professional training have joined together to create a wonderful collaboration of skills and ideas, which results in a truly special show," says Robert.
As he prepares to move to Guildford, Jed says: "I feel truly honoured to say that this will be my last show before I leave to start my training, I've loved working with some of my closest friends on such a great musical".
Robyn is delighted to be in the director's seat for this summer's show.
"When I first saw Ghost The Musical, it was at the world premiere in Manchester in 2010. Who'd have thought that four years later I'd be directing my own version of the classic show here in beautiful York," she says.
"We've been incredibly lucky to have been able to get such a perfect cast together; they're truly a pleasure to work with and have taken everything I've thrown at them in their stride; even the two-hour work-outs. The sound Tom has created is extraordinary and this show is really not one to miss."
Wearing his producer's hat. Robert Readman is proud of the work of his young production team.
"I'm a huge fan of the film, so when I had the opportunity to produce the musical I leapt at the opportunity; it's such a classic love story and I couldn't think of a better team to make it come to life for me," he says. "Robyn, Jed and Tom all work so passionately and put all their heart into everything they do."
Playing opposite Lottie Henshall in Ghost's York premiere will be fellow Pick Me Up newcomer Joe Mellor as Sam Wheat, while Fraser Wilkinson and Lee West will play the villains Carl Bruner and Willie Lopez.
The cast also includes Susannah Baines, Callum Barrott, Louise Carter, Harriet Dixon, Neal Edlin, Megan Forgan, Emma Hayes, Sam Hird, James Knight, Kirsten Moore, Chris Mortimer, Claire Pulpher, Emily Ramsden, Holly Surtees-Smith, Maya Tether, Ben Williams and Kris Wright.
Ghost The Musical is a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1990 film Ghost and features book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and electric rock score and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
The plot follows the age-old theme of love and loss as Sam and Molly are torn apart by a fatal attack; Sam becomes caught between this world and the next and enlists the help of a medium, Oda Mae Brown, on a desperate mission to warn Molly of the danger she is in.
Readman has designed the set; Alistair Penman is the technical designer and Adam Moore, the projection designer, for the special effects in a high-tech production that will run from tomorrow (Aug 8) until August 16 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York.
Evening performances will start at 7.30pm, except Sunday, complemented by a 2.30pm matinee on both Saturdays. Tickets cost £11.50 to £15 on 01904 623568 or at pickmeuptheatre.com