The Livingston Players – Production Team
John Hutchinson has been with the Players now for 38 years. He stopped pretending to be an actor long ago in favour of being the director and has directed 12 musicals and 38 plays for the Livingston Players.
Lynne has been a member of the Livingston Players since 1997, having performed in 22 plays and 6 musicals in that time, including Blood Brothers, Calendar Girls and 9 to 5. Lynne has choreographed several Players productions including Les Mis Youth Edition and Blitz. She began directing in 2010 with Womberang and has now directed seven productions including The Steamie, Sweeney Todd, Allo Allo and Grease, Lynne has been on committee for many years and has taken on roles of VP and President and Secretary.
Gill has been a member of the Livingston Players since 1982 having joined the company way back then for her first theatrical musical experience of Fiddler on the Roof. Having played many leading and supporting roles in Plays and Musicals for the society, Gill took her first steps into Directing in 2018 with the very funny play “Always a Bridesmaid”. In September 2020 Gill will be Directing her first Youth Musical with the club, Hairspray.
Currently, Jon-Luke Kirton divides his time as musical director and accompanist with work at Edinburgh College and his own PhD Project. His college responsibilities predominantly lie in leading solo and ensemble performance activities, but he is also responsible for research modules and the Degree programs capstone project module.
Jon-Luke is an experienced musical director in both musical theatre and opera. He has been involved with over three dozen productions from Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’ to Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’. He has worked across Scotland and enjoying collaborations with the Junior Conservatoire and Summer School programmes (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Edinburgh Grand Opera and Aberdeen International Festival for Youth, to name but a few.
As a PhD Researcher Jon-Luke studies at Glasgow University under Bjorn Heile and David Code and researches the contemporary repertory for piano with a particular focus on extended techniques.
Douglas has been involved with musical theatre and other aspects of music since he was 6 years old. After being involved in several shows as a teen and also learning piano from a young age, Douglas decided to pursue a career in music and attended Aberdeen university – achieving an honours degree in Music in 2013. From there he taught Music privately in Aberdeen for 2 years before moving to Edinburgh to become a classroom music teacher.
Since moving back to Edinburgh in 2015, he has been involved with playing for many amateur dramatic companies and even getting back on stage with the Edinburgh Bohemian’s – whilst also continuing a teaching career. Douglas has joined the players for the 50th Anniversary showcase.
Grant has been with Livingston Players, on and off stage for around 12 years. His first on stage appearance was “young Peter in Mame, Since then he has been cast as a hyper puppy, a German solider, a Russian soldier and a victim of Sweeny Todd himself!
After moving to a more behind the scenes role, Grant has crewed for almost every show and his first “solo” as Stage Manager was a 2-show play fest, shortly followed by Made in Dagenham.
Grant tells us “My backstage career has found me working for many other companies, even reaching the dizzy heights of the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh!”