Starlight Express rolls into Rugby

Five Star's Founder Ethan J Smith, choreographer Tamsin Barnes and the company's creative director Fabia Carney
Five Star's Founder Ethan J Smith, choreographer Tamsin Barnes and the company's creative director Fabia Carney
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Show lovers better get their skates on for the latest offering from Five Star Entertainment.

Starlight Express will be performed at Rugby’s Temple Speech Room in April.

It will be the first ever amateur production of the show to take place in the West Midlands.

The show is directed and produced by young entrepreneur Ethan J Smith and runs from April 16 to 18.

Ethan founded a theatre group in his father’s barn six years ago, practically forcing his friends and family to take part in his small-scale shows.

Today, Ethan and the team at Five Star Entertainment are making preparations for a three-night run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express. The group performed Webber’s Cats earlier this year. Ethan is joined by choreographers Tamsin Barnes and Catty Giles, show designer Liv Harvey and technical director Jordan Cort.

“This is our biggest project ever,” said Ethan, 20.

“It is one of the few amateur productions of ‘Starlight’ to take place in the UK. While there is a large range of dance and theatre schools in Rugby, we are one of the very few organisations that stage full-scale theatre productions – this is an opportunity for local young performers to put what they’ve been taught into practice.”

Starlight Express is renowned for being a musical performed on rollerskates.

Choreographer Tamsin said: “We hope for as many new faces as possible this time. Five Star becomes a big family during the show process and for this show.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website www.five-star-group.com or email info@five-star-group.com