A packed house at the Capitol enjoyed two hours of entertainment from performers in the local theatre scene. Dan Barnes, technical supervisor at the theatre, was inspired to put together his own show, Cue For A Song, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Ariel Company Theatre and HAODS, and dance school Fi Steps, were joined by solo performers including actor Jack Lane (known for his performances in pantomime and as Albert Steptoe in the stage version of Steptoe and Son).
Sarah Esser performed Streisand anthem Don’t Rain on My Parade, and Tina Turner tribute artist Claude Hopkins performed her versions of songs from Dreamgirls and The Bodyguard. Fi Steps accompanied Becky Hunt as she sang Let It Go from Frozen, and Ariel brought two young soloists, Thomas Ball and Will Carey, and an ensemble and a choir.
Nathanael Landskroner, fresh from opening for Robbie Williams at the LG Arena and on his way to supporting Michael Bublé at the NIA Birmingham, brought his soon-to-be-trademark ‘Prince of Swing’ style to proceedings, and performed as Miss Trunchbull in a song from Matilda.
Dan Barnes said: “I feel humbled that so many of my friends and colleagues have come together to make this show a reality. I’m delighted that the audience’s reactions have been even more enthusiastic than I’d dared hope. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved – onstage and off – in bringing my dream into reality.”
The team offstage were assembled from Dan’s friends and colleagues past and present, including former Capitol staff who had returned especially to help at this event. Touring technicians came along especially to support Dan, as well as the regular Capitol staff.
Ticket sales and fundraising have led to a total of almost £3,000 raised for Cancer Research UK. The final fundraising total is still being added up and Dan will be presenting a cheque to Cancer Research UK very soon. In the meantime anyone wishing to add to the total can text “CFAS88” plus their donation amount to 70070.