‘Rarely have amateur dramatics been this good’
Leighton Buzzard Observer
Since opening in 2007, the Grove Theatre has staged a summer musical project each year that aims to give young people an opportunity to gain experience in, and an understanding of, the process behind a musical production. The project also helps participants strengthen communication and problem solving skills as well as building confidence and making new friends – all whilst having fun!
In 2015, the Summer Project changed its name, returning every year with productions that keep getting bigger and better: Grove Production Project. This name reflects a change within the structure of the production; the project has grown to provide opportunities for not only young actors, musicians, singers and dancers but also for those wishing to have a go at set building, lighting, sound, props and wardrobe.
Grove Production Project is an exciting annual experience offering up to 100 young people the opportunity to work with a professional artistic, creative and technical team to stage a musical production on a west end sized stage at the Grove Theatre.
Thu 8 – Fri 9 August 2019 7pm
Sat 10 August 2.30pm & 7pm
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Jim Steinman
With book by Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Grove Production Project is an exciting annual experience offering up to 100 young people the chance to work with a professional artistic, creative and technical team to stage a musical production at the Grove Theatre.
Whistle Down the Wind revolves around the time and place where the word teenager was invented. Swallow, a 15 year-old-girl growing up in America’s Deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn. When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ,” it’s as if all her prayers have been answered.
Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside—the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding in their midst. As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music, with lyrics by acclaimed Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler songwriter Jim Steinman. It features “No Matter What,” which was covered by Boyzone, hitting number one in 18 countries.