Named after The Carpenters 1973 hit, ‘Yesterday Once More’ is a musical celebration of the 70's and includes over 25 classic hand-clapping, foot-stomping hits from artistes including Abba, The Barron Knights, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Edison Lighthouse, Elton John, Gloria Gaynor, Mud, The Rubettes, Showaddywaddy and Rod Stewart.
The show also includes a bounty of classic side-splitting film and television comedy with live on-stage excerpts from ‘Are You Being Served’, ‘Fawlty Towers’, ‘Monty Python’, ‘Rising Damp’ and 'The Two Ronnies'.
There's also a generous helping of year-by-year news, views, on-screen TV advertisements and nostalgia & reminiscences.
There is a section dedicated to seventies musicals including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘Godspell’, 'Sweeney Todd', 'The Good Companions' and 'The Rocky Horror Show' and lots of interesting facts and news stories about the seventies including decimalisation, the rise to power of Edward Heath and the new Conservative Government, the Watergate Scandal and the appointment of Margaret Thatcher as Britain’s first lady Prime Minister.
Initially compiled and written by Chris Bell for Stone Little Theatre's 25th anniversary season in 2003, the show won much acclaim with local audiences and was also awarded second place in the North Staffs Drama Association 2003/2004 Festival. The production also received ‘The Pemberton Trophy’ for the most adventurous approach to theatre and for compiling, writing, producing and directing the show, Chris Bell, was presented with the prestigious ‘Vice President’s Trophy’.
In a sparkling ‘Gala Night’ award ceremony held at Endon Village Hall, Stone Little Theatre members were nominated for a total of eight awards, all for ‘Yesterday Once More’.
These included Gerry Davies for Best Performance by a female, Neil Norman for Best Performance by a male, Chris Burden for Best Supporting Performance, Chris Bell for Best Producer and Michelle Bruce for Best Performance Under 21 with a special mention for her choreographic talent.
Commenting on their outstanding success, Chris Bell, said “It’s always nice to be recognised for your achievements but our success in the NSDA Festival has been quite remarkable. We are all absolutely thrilled.”
Amy Bell (Chris’s Daughter) received the ‘Keith S Williams Trophy' for the Festival’s second place from Chairman of the Adjudicators, Peter Dutton, who commented that Stone Little Theatre had only missed out on the first place in the Festival to Centre Stage Theatre Company of Leek’s ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ by 2 points, scoring an unprecedented 85 marks out of a possible 100.