For Michael, “Evita” marks a return to musical theatre after an absence of just over 30 years. Having taking up acting at Durham Johnston School under the direction of Fred Wharton, he appeared in school productions of “Oliver”, “HMS Pinafore” and “Half a Sixpence”, whilst simultaneously performing in shows for, what was then, Durham Amateur Operatic Society.
He appeared in musicals over a ten year period for the Society, enjoying principal roles in shows such as “Mame”, “Camelot” and “Charlie Girl”, whilst also performing in Christmas pantomime and summer variety productions at New College Theatre and The Assembly Rooms in Durham City.
His last performance was as song and dance man, Francis Fryer, in West End Theatre’s production of “Calamity Jane” at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, in 1986.
Between then and now, he has been busy bringing up a family with his wife, Angela, and singing in choirs and various charity concerts for Xcel Church, Newton Aycliffe.
Having recently met with Fred Wharton at a Durham Johnston School reunion, he was encouraged to return to DMTC for “Evita”. He found such a suggestion, including the chance to work with Fred once again, impossible to resist.
Having played a chorus principal role in Evita, Michael is relishing the opportunity of playing a similar role in DMTC’s production of “Chess”.