Bolton director staging musical tale of four New Yorkers

Aimée Horwich, Oliver Yank, Laura Coard and Matt Concannon in Ordinary Days

Director Leah Fogo with Aimée Horwich and Laura Coard in rehearsals

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A BOLTON-based director is staging a vibrant and heartfelt musical which centres around four New Yorkers.

Ordinary Days, directed by Leah Fogo, of Sedgley Drive, Westhoughton, tells the story of the serendipitous moments that link them together.

The fringe production of the musical, written by Adam Gwon, will be on at the King’s Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, from Monday, June 16, to Saturday, June 21.

Leah, aged 24, who teaches piano in Bolton and across Greater Manchester, said: “It’s a new musical that’s come over from America.

“It’s about four people who live in New York.

“At the beginning, their lives are unconnected and it’s about how tiny little events happen which make them come together.

“It’s a really light-hearted musical, it’s got some really touching moments.”

From the bustling streets to the quiet rooftops, it presents a series of funny and fortuitous events, proving that ordinary days can be simply extraordinary and inviting the audience to re-evaluate their own life stories and take a step back to view the big picture.

Would-be artist Warren is played by Oliver Yank, Aimée Horwich will take on the role of neurotic modern literature student Deb, Matt Concannon will play the easy-going Jason and Laura Coard completes the quartet as Jason’s troubled girlfriend, Claire.

They had to raise £2,400 to be able to stage Ordinary Days, including £800 in corporate sponsorship and £800 through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

Leah, who attended the Royal Northern College of Music, said: “We started just before Christmas. It took some time but we managed to get all the funding we needed.

“We had done some work in the King’s Arms theatre before. We saw the space and thought it’s absolutely perfect.

“I’m hoping to take my directing further, get more experience and hopefully go professional.”

Ordinary Days, presented by Top Note Arts and with musical director Scott Stait, is on at the King’s Arms from June 16 to 21.

Tickets cost £12, visit wegottickets.com/kingsarmssalford.

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