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.
John has been performing in musicals for far longer than he is prepared to admit. This wonderful hobby has given John tremendous enjoyment over the years, and left him with many enduring friendships.
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.
I’ve been involved in Amateur Drama for 30 years with various groups both as an actor and director, being involved in some capacity in over 100 productions. I have directed one-act and full-length plays and pantomimes including for the Edinburgh Fringe and enjoy working with people of all ages, as was seen in my Livingston Players debut with Babysitting Calvin. I was to have directed the full-length play for our Spring 2020 production and am still keen to do so whenever we can restart post-Covid-19.
Ronnie has been a member of the Players for over 30 years.
During that time he has been in a number of plays and musicals, notably Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof and more recently 9 to 5 and Made in Dagenham.
Ronnie has also directed for the Players and taken two one act plays to the SCDA Scottish Finals in 2013 and 2018.
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!”