News: Cast anounced for the UK premiere of The Regulars

Final casting is today announced for ‘The Regulars’, the headline event of Turn On Fest, Hope Mill
Theatre’s 3rd annual LGBTQIA+ festival.

‘The Regulars’, a folk musical, which is being produced and developed by Hope Mill Theatre, has music, lyrics and book by Will Shishmanian, who also heads the cast as Mark Howard.

The musical has been developed with and directed by Miss Hazel Jade.

Mark Howard moves away from his childhood home to a rural, upstate town in search of a new type of family. When he picks up a stockroom position at the town’s local orchard, he’s met with toxic masculinity and comes to terms with his newfound male privilege. During his first day at work, he befriends Dani Thompson, a Black queer woman who is opening her own gay bar. Over time, these two very regular people form and find chosen family in one another and their community.

With a passionate score and a familiar story, ‘The Regulars’ is a captivating original musical about
identity and self-love, reminding us that despite our differences, we are all deserving of acceptance for who we are.

‘The Regulars’ will be presented as a concert at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 29 January before moving to a workshop production at Hope Mill Theatre in 2023.

Will Shishmanian (he/him (Author and playing Mark) is a musical theatre composer, lyricist and
singer-songwriter from Queens, New York.

Aiesha Pease (she/her, Dani) was in ‘Hadestown’ at the National Theatre and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’, UK tour.

Natalie Paris (she/her, Betsy) has just finished a three-year run as the original cast Jane Seymour in ‘Six’ in the West End, earning an Olivier Award nomination.

Idriss Kargbo (he/him, Brandon) was Boq in ‘Wicked’, West End and Donkey in ‘Shrek’, UK tour.

Matthew Facchino (he/him, Derrick) was Anthony in ‘Sweeney Todd’ at English Theatre, Frankfurt, and featured in Sasha Regan’s ‘All-Male Pirates of Penzance’ in the West End.

Teddy Hinde (they/them, Jax) is a non-binary performer, currently training at Trinity Laban
Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Mark Lockhart (he/him, Hunter) is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Masters.

Amy Fleur (she/her, ensemble) was a featured soloist for Hope Mill Theatre’s recent online production of ‘Godspell’.

James Markham (he/him, ensemble) was Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Rafe in ‘Fourplay’ at Liverpool’s Royal Court.

Jordan Walker (he/they, ensemble) is a 2021 Graduate from Guildford School of Acting.

Director of ‘The Regulars’, Miss Hazel Jade, said: “I am unbelievably thrilled to showcase Shish’s
beautiful songs at Turn On Fest and continue developing ‘The Regulars’ with Hope Mill! It is a dream to share the world of Amberland with Manchester audiences.”

Creative team:
Will Shishmanian, he/him (Author / Composer)
Miss Hazel Jade, she/her (Director/Developer)
George Strickland, he/him (Music Director)
Anessa Marie, she/her (Concert Arrangements)
Pearsion Casting (Concert Casting)
Josh Evans, he/him (Sound Engineer)
Tom Sutcliffe he/him (Festival Stage Manager)
Hope Mill Theatre (Producer)


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