The stars (and sequins) shone brightly at Theatre Royal Brighton on Sunday for a gala
performance in celebration of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity’s 50th birthday.
In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr. Dee Simson, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Maureen Chowen, and the charity’s CEO Ryan Heal, a total of 35 performers, dancers and musicians wowed the audience with a glitzy production.
Directed by Carole Todd with Musical Direction by Marc McBride – part of the creative team behind the new Cilla The Musical UK tour – a live 7 piece orchestra played West End, pop and Eurovision hits with the likes of X-Factor’s Sam Callahan, Nicki French, Allan Jay and West End leads Jon Moses and Jodie Jacobs.
Comedy was provided by Ceri Dupree, Jan Hunt, John Styles and Max Fulham, with magic from local magician and mind-reader, Mark Williams.
The show, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, Brighton and Hove Buses, Malmaison, The Best of Brighton and Hove, Reveries, Juice 107.2FM and Latest.
Creative Director Rob Reaks said, “We wanted to create a performance that would showcase some top-class talent, in the wonderful setting of Theatre Royal Brighton with the best band, set, sound and lighting design possible. Judging from the feedback, I think we achieved our aim!”
Charity fundraiser Analiese Doctrove added that, “Events like this show help to raise our profile as well as raising much-needed funds for The Alex, The Trevor Mann Baby Unit and other Sussex-wide children’s health projects. We were thrilled to be the chosen beneficiary of such a memorable evening.”
So far, the producers have handed £3,697.60 in cash to the charity for it’s ‘Sussex Giving for Sussex Children’ fundraising campaign, with more money expected to be raised in the coming days.