Mums bring show to the stage
A pair of leading ladies are about to embark on a two-woman show as they transfer their experiences of parenthood onto the Leighton stage.
Avelia Moisey, of Moorhills Road, Wing, and Jill Neenan, (both pictured) 40, of Redwood Drive, Wing, have joined forces after meeting through their children at birthday parties and bonded after they realised they were both professional musicians.
Jill said: “We completely believe in this. We have a magical connection, I start a phrase, she finishes it and it is the same with music.
“We want to start locally and then take it all over the country.”
Both Jill and Avelia have two children each, which was what inspired them to write music together to produce their two-woman show, If’s Buts and Babies, and each play eight characters throughout.
It follows the story of mothers, from pregnancy to the first day of school, and is all from an adult perspective of the trials and tribulations that motherhood can bring – with lots of laughs in between.
Jill is no stranger to being on stage as she has had a number of leading roles in musical theatre including Maria in West Side Story at the Alexandra Theatre, but has experience in a variety of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, opera and pantomime.
One of the songs performed during the show, named Why Me, was written by Jill based on her experiences of having to go through IVF to have children.
She said: “I adore that song now and am extremely proud of it. Even now Avelia can’t be in the same room when I’m singing it because she starts to cry.
“It is a show that is full of emotion, just like motherhood.”
The women have been joined by other talents from Wing including David Hankinson, an actor who has helped to co-direct, choreographer Kiri Fitzgerald and pianist Bruce Boardman.
Avelia said: “We know what we want and how we want it done, but we can’t watch ourselves, so they have helped us.
“It has been good fun and we are really excited about performing. It has a mix of emotions throughout the show, but it is light-hearted, so leave the kids at home and come for a fun night out.”
The show will premiere at Leighton Buzzard Theatre on Wednesday, November 7 at 7.30pm.
For more information visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure/leighton-buzzard-theatre
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