Saturday 3 June 2023 • 7:30pm • The Chelsea Theatre, London
Good evening and welcome to tonight's sold out performance of "It is Well with My Soul" at the Chelsea Theatre, London. We are delighted to welcome you to our world premiere production of this new musical! Photography is not permitted during the performance. Please turn off your phone or put it on silent.
We hope you enjoy the show!
We hope you enjoy the show!
Gareth Hides - Philip Bliss
With Saltmine Theatre Company: The Cross and the Switchblade (UK tour and Edinburgh Fringe), From Eden to Eternity, Three Wise Men and a Baby, The Hope Play and ESCape (TIE). Other credits include: West End to Broadway and Swing Through Time (Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff); Dick Whittington (The Panto Company). Short films: Journey into Hope (ECM) and Born Identity (Keswick Convention).
Gareth is also a Gospel singer-songwriter, releasing two albums and four EPs. You can stream his music on all major platforms.
Katrina Markham - Lucy Bliss
Katrina is a 2021 Graduate from Italia Conti Academy. At Italia Conti, she played Connie in Made In Dagenham and Kathy in 9 TO 5.
Katrina’s credits include: Claudia in Centurion (Artless Theatre Company); Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (West End Has Faith & All Souls); Vocalist in West End Has Faith’s Concert Tour; Sleeping Beauty,
Carabosse, Queen Shiela in Sleeping Beauty (West Midlands Children’s Theatre) and Ratty, Chief Wiesel, and other characters in Wind in the Willows (Image Musical Theatre).
Katrina’s prayer is that the hope of tonight’s story is one that you can be encouraged by. You can see more about Katrina’s faith as well as career on her YouTube page @katrinamarkham6778
Matthew J. Sunners - George Root
Matt trained at the University of Central Lancashire (BA Hons Acting). Previous theatre credits include: Christian in ‘The Pilgrim's Progress’, Subject in ‘The screwtape letters’, and Israel in ‘The Cross & the switchblade’ (all with Saltmine Theatre Company).
He has also previously worked with the Lacey Theatre Company as well as Splendid Productions on their national tour of Antigone.
Matt is married to Bethan and they have 3 children: Hallie, Edward & Jake. They live in Dunstable where Matt works as a pilot for EasyJet.
Richard Mellion - DL Moody
Richard graduated from Italia Conti (BA Hons Acting) in 2016. Credits whilst training include: Ronald in Port, Sheriff Pokorny in Vernon god little, George Frederic Handel in Coram Boy and Dromio in Comedy of Errors (Wanamaker Festival at the Globe).
Previous Theatre credits include Mr. Bumble in Oliver (Ed Fringe), Governor Slaton in Parade, Mr. Sheinkopf in Fame, Fredrick Egerman in A Little Night Music, Peter in Theophilus and most recently John in a touring production of Fisherman’s Tail.
Richard is delighted to be originating the role of D.L Moody in this wonderful production.
Mark Baker - Walter Guest
Mark has been singing professionally for over 15 years, starting his career in some of the UK's largest holiday parks as a lead vocalist, before moving on to musical theatre. His roles include: the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Fredrick in Prates of Penzance, Sky in Guys and Dolls, and a featured vocalist in Songs from the Shows series of concerts, featuring a 40-piece orchestra.
Mark has most recently been touring the UK and cruise ships as part of the male vocal harmony group, The Basetones. Offstage Mark is busy working as a Musical Director and singing teacher for various productions and schools.
Joy-Anna Gooch - Clara Young
Joy-Anna is on her gap year and is excited to be making her professional debut as Clara. She is studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Junior Acting course (2020-current). Projects at Guildhall include: Romeo & Juliet, Blood Wedding, The Power of Darkness, among others. She is also working with a West End theatre director and on film sets for programmes such as The Crown and The Witcher, alongside less glamorous jobs like selling corn in supermarkets. In her spare time she loves playing piano, travelling and spending time with special people in her life including her 7-year-old brother, Ezra.
Arjan Binnema - Ira Sankey
Arjan was born in the Netherlands and moved to the UK 5 years ago. He studied at music college, specialising in piano and songwriting. Alongside this, he’s performed as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Cheltenham Playhouse). Arjan works as a worship pastor at a church in Witney and studies theology at University. He enjoys using all these things to bring glory to God.
Kerygma 180 - Producer
Beck Rodda - Assistant Director
Shelley Dring - Choreographer
Mark Baker - Musical Supervisor
Agota Rencsenyi - Graphic Designer and Printed Props
Johnny Mroczynski - Costume Consultant
Lucy's Bustle Skirt made by Elizabeth Hindse
Adam Waller - Technical Manager and Sound Design
Big Door Broadcast - Technical Support
Segun Shodipo - Sound Technician
Femi Amusan - Lighting Technician
Lola Ortiz - Marketing Consultant
Rhoda Hardie - PR
Katie Binnema - Artwork
New songs written by Gareth Hides
Original hymns written by Philip Bliss
Except "It is Well with My Soul" - words by Horatio Spafford, Music by Philip Bliss
Produced by Gareth Hides
Songs Mixed and Mastered by Samuel Green
"Let the Lower Lights be Burning" Mixed by Tim Gosden
String Orchestrations by Dominic Ryland-Jones
Strings Recorded at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn by Eduard Reitman
Matthew Bailey - Harmonica
Elmar Diener - Piano, Additional Programming
Samuel Green - Additional Programming
Israel Heringer - Bass
Gareth Hides - Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Programming and Bass
Jun Kwon - Acoustic Guitar
Keith Raby - Electric Guitars and Bass
Chris Rose - Piano
Manuel Schaban - Drums and Bass
Iris Eva Aabloo - Violin
Teodor Juko Hiiemaa - 'Cello
Dominic Ryland-Jones - Violin
Liisa Välja - Viola
Special thanks to
Spurgeon's College • Helen Stokley • Edyta Mroczynska • Lissie Link • Anne Gardner • The P.P. Bliss Gospel Songwriters' Museum (Rome, PA) • Katie Binnema • Prateek Jacob • Lauren Clanton • Rhian and Dan Cooksey-Quinton • Richard Hasnip • Jerry Averill • Simon and Beck Rodda • Jon and Miriam Buckeridge • Rob Holman • Adam Waller and Dee Waller-Box • Michael Taylor • Graham Dowling • Amy Harris • Jeremy and Sarah Geake • Martin Durham • Penny Dewick • Maritza Gonzalez • Veeraka de Mel • Shelley Dring • Chris Poch and Jonathan Maltz • Lola Ortiz • Patrycja Lisowska • Clive and Mandy Dunstall • Seth Martin • Dan Slagle • Jason and Hannah Connor • Amir and Clare Arian • Nathan Bristow • Regan King • Bethan Sunners • Hollie Baker • GLOC Musical Theatre • St. Thomas' Church, Hanwell • South Hanwell Baptist Church • Pulse Church, Hornchurch • The Gornal and Sedgley Methodist Circuit • Himley Road Methodist Church • Roger Hides and Sara Windsor-Hides • Saltmine Theatre Company • Share Jesus International • Andy Frost • Lucy Coates • Andres Arukask • Ainsworth-Hides Limited • Jordan Seymour