THE PLOT - SHORT OVERVIEW
CAB Tax Inspector Rob Whelan goes undercover to infiltrate the nightclub complex of crime boss Dougie Burke to get the evidence he needs to put him away for good.
Rob’s mission takes a setback however, when he falls for Mr B’s book-keeper Susan Treacy, who is also an aspiring singer/songwriter. Can he save the romance and yet find a way to convict Mr B without prosecuting Susan as well? Mr B sends his thugs to persuade Rob otherwise.
The question is; who's scamming who?
Decco, Simon, Britney and Amanda who work for Mr B and perform in the nightclub with Susan have their own humorous romantic squabbles in contrast to the sinister exploits of Mr B.
SCAM! The Musical is full of intrigue and humour propelled by song and dance and performed by a full ensemble with live orchestra.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
PETER BECKETT: Concept, Music & Lyrics
Peter left a permanent job as a draughtsman in 1979 to pursue a career in music. At first he went on the road playing guitar with Johnny Logan and then played with other well-known Showband names both on guitar and keyboards. His original songs were regularly in the finals of song contests around the country and his song Once Again appeared in Eurosong ’96 which he also arranged for the RTE Concert Orchestra.
He soon gravitated towards the world of musical theatre. Many years spent as Musical Director for both John Player Tops shows and variety shows for Aer Lingus honed his craft as an arranger and composer. Over 20 years he appeared in no less than five televised National Finals, winning outright on two occasions. For sixteen years Arthur’s Team (Guinness Musical Society) was his stomping ground as he conducted the society through all the modern classics. With Arthur’s Team he enjoyed many successes in AIMS and at the Waterford Light Opera Festival.
Shows included the Irish Premiere of Evita, Cabaret, New Pirates of Penzance, Forty-Second Street, Barnum, Singing in the Rain, Crazy for You, Mack And Mabel and Jesus Christ Superstar. Musicals he has worked on with other societies include Pippin, Chicago, Billy, Best Little Whorehouse, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Our House.
This year’s production of Snow Queen will extend Peter’s association with the Gaiety Theatre into his 23rd year as Musical Director for the annual pantomime. Over that time many of his situation specific compositions have been included in the storylines. His involvement with the Billie Barry Stage School as Musical Director and Choirmaster extends back nearly 30 years, covering Summer Schools, Musicala Concerts and the spectacular flagship variety shows held in the Gaiety Theatre. Peter has kept abreast of music technology and his compositions and arrangements for all these shows has built up a back catalogue of diverse original material covering many genres, some of which have been extensively re-worked for SCAM!
NICOLE McDONALD: Choreography
Nicole has over 20 years’ experience in teaching Professional Dance, Creative Directing and Choreography. She is the Director of the highly successful Steptacular Performing Arts School and is currently Head of Dance at Bull Alley Theatre Training College. She teaches Jazz in Sallynoggin College, having previously taught Jazz for Coisceim, Monica Loughman Ballet Co. and many schools throughout Ireland.
Nicole won a full scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts where she received an Associate in Dance. She later completed a Masters Degree in Dance at the University of Limerick. Her thesis was funded by the Minister for Arts and rolled out to primary schools nationally as an aid to training students in dance.
Her professional career has taken her around the UK, America and Europe.
Highlights of her career include being a dancer at the Royal Palladium with Celine Dion; Winner Best Choreography for Schools with Bord Gais Theatre’s Westside Story as well as being nominated twice for the Best Choreography with AIMS.
Her TV and Film credits include: Dancer on ITV’s ‘Michael Barrymore My kind of People’, a dancer on Channel 4’s White Room, dancing with Little Richard, and with Robert Palmer and Babylon Zoo.
Choreography credits include: Ragtime, Follies, Steel Pier, Parade, Tommy, Company, Titanic, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Ozmopolitan, Blondalot, Freaked, Hot Mikado, Pippin, Calamity Jane, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Oliver, Babes in the Wood, Westside Story, Me & My Girl, Grease, Eircom’s Ireland’s got Talent, The Belle Bottoms (Vodafone comedy festival), A Man Of No Importance, The Witches of Eastwick, Sister Act, Chess, Hairspray, Spamalot, Anything Goes (AIMS runner up) The Addams Family, Rock Of Ages (AIMS runner up) Spring Awakening and 9-5.
Nicole is also the writer of the new QQI Level 5 Jazz Dance Syllabus.
NOEL McDONOUGH: Book & Direction
Noel graduated from the Samuel Beckett School, Trinity College in 1997 with a B.A. (Mod) Honours Degree and subsequently an M.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies in 2003.
Noel has won the Best Professional Director award seven times at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera with shows for Arthur’s Team including Mack & Mabel, Chicago, Cabaret, Barnum and Evita. He also directed the Irish premieres of A Slice of Saturday Night, Seussical the Musical and the world premieres of Hollywood Ladies and Buskin. With the Waterford Light Opera, Noel directed New Pirates of Penzance and Jekyll & Hyde – both productions winning Best Overall Show in the annual AIMS Awards. With the society he also directed the Centenary Mikado. Noel directed the world premiere of Eoin Colfer’s The Lords of Love in the Wexford Opera House.
Noel devised/directed 6 award winning productions for John Player Tops, and directed Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Assassins. Gaiety pantomimes include Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Noel’s long standing association with the R&R includes Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Carousel, Guy & Dolls, Me and my Girl, My Fair Lady, Gigi, The Producers, Hello Dolly and The King and I. Other credits include Chess, Anything Goes, The Merry Widow and Some Enchanted Evening. He also directed Fiddler on the Roof for the Lyric Opera Company in Belfast.
Outside of musicals, Noel has been involved with the Department of Education for their Learning Through the Arts programme for schools, the Hands of Doom melodrama for the Food Safety Authority and the St. Michael’s House production of Let’s Celebrate involving a cast of 400 students with intellectual disability. For the Dublin Docklands Development Authority he directed Honk! in the Helix for 350 children drawn from 15 primary schools – this production won the Allianz Award for Culture in the Community.
Noel McDonough has taken Peter's original concept, developed the plot and written the book. He is delighted to direct SCAM! The Musical.
Our other Members of the Production Team:
Luis Poveda - Graphic Designer
John Gallagher - Lighting Designer
Kevin McGing - Sound Design & Engineer
Andrew Reddy – Costumes
Ali Murphy - Wigs & Makeup
Ciara Nolan - Stage Director
Gerry McKnight - Stage Furniture
Maire Monaghan - Props
Maggs Jacob – Social Media
THE SCAM CAST
Sean McMahon - Rob Whelan / Jonathon Fitzpatrick
Ciara Mackey - Susan Treacy
Ken O’Regan - Jack O’Sullivan
Vincent Broderick - Nigel Dudley Smith
Pat Dwyer - Dougie Burke aka Mr.B
Stuart Pollock - Deco
Kevin Hartnett - Simon
Ciara Lyons - Britney
Yasmine Missaoui - Amanda
Gary Finegan - Max
Robbie Keogh - Freddie
Robert Donnelly - Young Nigel
Robyn Lawless / Keila-Ana Whelan / Jessie O’Connell / Abby Phillips
Ben Hannigan / Ross Fitzpatrick / Matthew Donohue / Colm Lombard /
SCAM THE MUSICAL Ⓒ 2018