A Childhood Love
Since Nicola Mills was a little girl she just LOVED Julie Andrews films and ‘The Sound of Music’ is still her favourite. She used to sing along to them as a child, know all the words and would watch them over and over again. Little did she know where that might take her!
Being an Adult
Nicola, a down to earth Northern Lass is a Soprano with initially (and still) a love of Opera after being introduced to it at 15, she went on to study The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and then worked all over Europe in prestigious Opera Companies, and that could have been a great life BUT Nicola want more, she wanted to take Opera to the people, by singing in the streets. She did not know that it would change her life. It established her passion for singing and developed a wonderful connection with her (random) audiences.
She recently spent 6 months of last year in New York where she put on her own show ‘A Soprano and a Suitcase’ at The Triad Theater. Check out her website, were there is also a great blog about it A Soprano, A Suitcase and A Rucksack
An Itch that Wouldn’t Go Away
She had the idea for for a Julie Andrews tribute show. for a couple of years Whilst still in New York early this year she spent hours in the Performing Arts Library at The Lincoln Center researching her and watching videos. A few things conspired to think ‘Life’s TOO Short’ to NOT do the things you really want to do, so shoving all obstacles aside, she decided to GO FOR IT!
The show is called ‘A Spoonful of Julie’ and it’s full of songs and medleys of Julie’s most favourite things and there are some Julie stories along the way too. Stuart Barham who worked in the West End as a musical director for years with the likes of Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh, has done an amazing job of the arrangements and Nicola is super excited to be premiering in Lytham in the New Year, honoring her idol Julie Andrew, who brought so much pleasure to people of all ages.
Where else you can see the show…
The Met, Bury Friday 6th March 7.30pm
Hope Baptist Church 7th March 7.30pm
St. John the Baptist, Shepherd’s Bush London March 14th 7.30pm
St. Michael’s Church, Brighouse March 28th 7.30pm
The Ace Centre, Nelson March 29th 2pm
Holmfirth Civic Hall, Holmfirth April 17th 7.30pm
The George Lawton Hall, Mossley April 18th 7.30pm
Christchurch, Ilkley April 24th 7.30pm
Ushaw College, Durham April 25th 7.30pm
The Drill Hall, Chepstow May 2nd 7.30pm
Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College May 3rd 3pm.