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The actors from Cumbria and Lancashire are set to star in a brand new musical at the Grand Theater

PERFORMERS from Cumbria and Lancashire will appear in a brand new musical which will be presented at the Grand Theater in Lancaster.

Star Crossed Summer will play on August 19 and 20 this year, based on a play by William Shakespeare.

Written and directed by 19-year-old Connie Evans from Wray, the show was inspired by her favorite Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

The show features a series of catchy songs and dance numbers with the cast of players from Lancaster and Cumbria.

Connie said, “Star Crossed Summer” is a brand new musical that I wrote during the pandemic. I based it on my favorite Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ but modernized it and set it in the Lake District.

“The premise of the show is that fourteen teenagers go on a two month trip to the Lake District after completing their A level exams.

“Following the traditional ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ plot, there are two main couples; the couple who are made for each other and the couple who are in complete denial and need to be brought closer.

“It’s a musical with lots of catchy original songs and humorous characters.

“Rehearsals for the show went really well, we have a really good and hardworking cast.

“I play the character of ‘Florence’ which is based on the character of ‘Beatrice’. She’s witty, smart and I identify with her sarcastic side.

“She really is a character whose bark is worse than her bite and I love the banter between her and the ‘Freddie’ character. She has a lot of funny lines but also a lot of layers to her personality.

John who plays Freddie, inspired by Benedict, said: “I wanted to be an actor since I was quite young. I always enjoy performing on stage and hearing the audience live.

“The rehearsals for the show are going well.

“It’s nice to see my character’s development throughout the show and how the impacts of the other character alter their own personality.

“I’ve done a lot of theater shows with a wide range.

“The most important of which is probably the Christmas pantomimes which are very heavy to sing, dance, perform and maintain high stamina.

“These are also transferable skills to musicals.”

Daisy, who plays Tia, said: “It’s very different from anything I’ve played in the past and it’s not the character I originally auditioned for.

“I wouldn’t say I have anything in common with my character and I think Caitlin would be fine with that when it comes to the role of Lea.

“It makes it all that much more fun for us to do, though.

“We’re very sassy and although we’re not the most likable characters in the plot, we definitely add some humor and are favored by the audience for that reason.

“It’s good to get involved in different things and challenge your current acting abilities.”

Dylan, from Lancaster, said: “The main reason I love performing is because my mum does a lot of shows and I want to follow in her footsteps.

“I wanted to do this show because I thought it would be a good start for me to have the experience of being on stage.

“I think Dom is a wonderful character to me. Because he’s a perfect fit for me. Mainly because I like to think of myself as a people-pleaser and I always put others first. Dom does that very good.

Codie said: “I’ve been on shows with Connie a few times in the past and have always enjoyed working with her, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to work on one of her personal projects because I knew it would be something amazing, and I can’t wait to see the hard work of all the cast and our teamwork pay off to put on a fantastic show for a great cause.

Playing at the Lancaster Grand Theater on August 19 and 20, and tickets can be found on the Grand’s website.