Musical star becomes youth theatre patron

Earl Carpenter
Earl Carpenter
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

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West End and Broadway musical theatre star, Earl Carpenter has been appointed patron of Mayflower Theatre’s Musical Youth Theatre.

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre chief executive said: ‘Earl is one of the most experienced performers who started out his career in local amateur productions in Bournemouth and Southampton, and is the perfect inspiration for all the young people who are members of the youth theatre. It would be amazing to think that some of these young people will be as successful in their careers as Earl and return one day to lead a company in a show on Mayflower Theatre’s stage.’

Earl said: ‘...Having this platform to impart what I’ve learnt about the musical theatre industry over the last 20 plus years and with the Mayflower supporting youth theatre as it does, this is a great opportunity and I look forward to achieving what this honour dictates.’

Earl Carpenter has more than 20 years’ experience in the musical theatre industry and has played principal and title roles in a number of shows including the 25th anniversary touring production of The Phantom Of The Opera, We Will Rock You, Evita and the original 25th anniversary touring production of Les Misérables.

In his new role Earl has been helping to prepare for the summer youth production of Five of The Best, a celebration of 50 years of musicals. The new show features numbers from shows including Les Misérables, Me And My Girl and Oliver!

Tickets for Five of The Best at the O2 Guildhall, Southampton (today at 4pm and 7.30pm, tickets: £15 ) Call 02380 711811 or visit mayflower.org.uk.