Here’s to the Ladies who Belt


  • Join MKEC Productions as they present a celebration of the women who have shaped the world of Musical Theatre.

    A 5 strong cast of talented ladies who will sing the songs from past and present divas of the Golden Age, Broadway and West End.

    ‘Here’s To The Ladies Who Belt’ encompasses the songs made famous by Judy, Ethel, Barbra, Idina and many more.

    Musical Director: Kieran Stallard
    Director: Marc Kelly
    Technical Manager: Andy Hill
    Poster Design: J Mark Pim

  • Holli Paige-Farr

    Holli’s interest for Musical Theatre started in Grimsby; her home town. Moving to London at eighteen she received the Lionel Bart Scholarship to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the BA Hons Musical Theatre course, to pursue her dreams of a career in Musical Theatre. On graduating, Holli embarked on a UK Tour of the musical version of Tom’s Midnight Garden, playing the role of Hattie.

    Credits whilst training include: Donna/Oolie in City Of Angels and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

    Barbara Jaeson

    Theatre credits include: Mrs Pugh/Cover Miss Hannigan in Annie (No 1 UK Tour, E&B Productions); Queen of Transylvania in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd); Stepmother in Into The Woods (Byre Theatre, St Andrews); Mrs Pugh/Cover Miss Hannigan in Annie (UK Tour and Kuala Lumpur, Chris Moreno Ltd); My Fair Lady (Singapore, Bronowski Productions); Side by Side by Sondheim (Prince Regent Theatre, Farnborough).

    Pantomime appearances include: Prince Charming (New Brighton); Dandini (Stockport) and more recently The Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella (Broadway Theatre, Barking).

    Television credits include: Hale and Pace, The Piglet Files and The Men’s Room.

    Original cast recording of Little Shop of Horrors with Sue Pollard

    Barbara would like to thank all her friends and family and especially her husband for all their continuing support.

    Marcia Brown

    Marcia Brown trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She was cast in MKEC’s first production Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and a little while after was invited by Liz Chadwick to start a 1940s Wartime trio – and so began The Victory Sisters! The group have travelled far and wide with their catchy harmonies and old-time favourite tunes, and have just sold out their first theatre show, on at The Radlett Centre next month. Prior to her part in the close-harmony trio, Marcia’s favourite roles included Claire (Ordinary Days) and Luisa (Nine). 

    Elizabeth Chadwick

    Training: Cumbria Institute of the Arts

    Credits: Rita in Lucky Stiff (Drayton Arms Theatre); Narrator B in Grit (The Pleasance, rehearsed reading); Denise in The Baker’s Wife (Drayton Arms Theatre); Ensemble in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (The White Bear); Kat in Tomorrow Morning (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Waitress/Customer in She Loves Me (Network Theatre); Clerk in Trial! A Footballers Tale (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre).

    Elizabeth has performed with Lakeland Opera Chorus in their tour of Cav&Pag. Performances with The New London Opera Group include Iolanthe, Phylla in Utopia Limited and May Queen in Merrie England. Elizabeth has worked abroad with the E3 Group as a singer and with Razzamatazz Theatre schools.

    Elizabeth is also a singer with the vintage vocal trio The Victory Sisters who perform at events all over the country.

    Twitter: @LizChadders, @victorysisters

    Rachel Lea-Gray

    Rachel trained on the three-year Musical Theatre course at Mountview. She most recently played Sleeping Beauty at Princes Hall Aldershot. Earlier in 2016 she was Mad Margaret in a National tour of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore.’ She was also Dominique du Monoco in MKEC’s production of ‘Lucky Stiff’.

    Other credits include Iolanthe in ‘Iolanthe’ (national tour), Lady Katherine in ‘Princess Ida’ (The Finborough), ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’ (The Criterion) and Gloria Thorpe in ‘Damn Yankees’ (The Brockley Jack).