March 18, 2009

JBB Fantastic Fan Interview with Sarah aka Churchers

March 18th, 2009

By Charly O’Clarit, JBB International Correspondent

Whoever said that the British audience are reticent and high browed has not met the likes of Somerset’s very own Sarah aka “Churchers”. April of last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Churchers and her best mate Haleruke at my first time seeing Jersey Boys London. I remember them in the front row being very spirited and colorful especially when Glenn Carter (Tommy DeVito) gestured at them. Their sheer excitement reminded me of being home at the August Wilson.

Throughout the past year, Churchers has made many return visits to the Prince Edward, became the resident Stage Door photographer, and has often entertained us with her hilarious Blog posts.

Let’s learn more about JBB Fantastic Fan Churchers.

JBB: Tell us about yourself. Have you always been a Theatre patron?

Churchers: Yeah, I first went to the Theatre when I was about nine years old. My Nan took me to see Tommy Steele in “Singing In The Rain “ at the London Palladium. She was a huge fan of his so we ended up going at least twice a month…probably where I get it from! I have seen most musicals on the West End and now enjoying taking my 10-year-old daughter Katie. Her first JB experience will be in July!

JBB: When did you first hear about Jersey Boys, and how did you become interested in the show?

Churchers: I was in NYC for my 30th birthday three years ago. I had booked to go see Hairspray. Whilst staying at our hotel they had a Broadway channel advertising all shows. Saw a clip for JB and thought that it looked fab! I decided once it hit the West End I would go see it as at the time we couldn’t get tickets for the show whilst we were in New York.

JBB: What was your reaction to the show upon seeing it for the first time?

Churchers: It was the first show I had seen that made me feel sick with excitement especially during the “Rock n Roll” Hall of Fame scene. We went during previews and British audiences are very reserved normally but from the moment Simon Adkins (Bob Crewe) appears for that scene I wanted to cheer! However, it seemed nobody else had the same idea so I had to sit on my hands and keep my mouth shut to stop myself from becoming a raving looney! Glad to say that it is no longer the case! JB was also the first show that made me want to book to go again straight away! So we booked for 3 weeks after…fab!

JBB: How many times have you seen JB and what keeps bringing you back? How many more shows booked?

Churchers: This past weekend I hit my 21st show and I have another 9 more booked at the moment but there’s always room for more! I keep going back as it’s such a feel good show and in my opinion the best way to spend a few hours in London!

JBB: You travel quite a distance…what do your friends & family think of your JB adoration?

Churchers: My family thinks I’m mental! My old man is now a JB widower. Before he arranges to work extra shifts or to go out, his first point of call is the JB calendar to see if I’m at shows that day. And if I am, he then has to stay home and look after Katie. My Mum knows not to ring me on weekends, as she knows I probably won’t be in as I would be at JB. As for my friends, they are impressed I can play a whole game of Scattegories using only JB references as answers! It’s a gift! I have now also brainwashed Katie and she is now a huge fan! She even has made Jersey Boys Gingerbread Men dressed in their shiny red “Sherry” jaaackkkettts!

JBB: Why do you think people have such a strong connection to Jersey Boys?

Churchers: I think people who were around at the time of the Four Seasons have a connection to the fab music. It brings back all sorts of memories for them. For me, I find it a very polished show with a brilliant score and an amazing cast!

JBB: What’s your favorite Jersey Boys scene & why?

Churchers: It has to be the “Rock n Roll” Hall of Fame scene as that is my cue to feel sick and hyper all at the same time. It’s just brilliant!

JBB: What’s your favorite musical number in Jersey Boys & why?

Churchers: It’s hard to choose just one but obviously “Rag Doll” for the above reasons. I also love “Walk Like A Man”… the double click thing they do with their feet during the dance routine is amazing!

JBB: Do you have a favorite line from the show?

Churchers: Oh it has to be “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my old friends and brand new Hall of Famers, the original Four Seasons!” Again, that is when I think I may faint with too much excitement!

JBB: Prior to seeing Jersey Boys, were you familiar with the Four Seasons’ music? If so, do you have a favorite Four Seasons’ song?

Churchers: Obviously, I had heard “Sherry” before and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” as it is in “Dirty Dancing,” but it was when I first heard “My Eyes Adored You” that I became more familiar to their music. It wasn’t till seeing the show that I realised that the Bay City Rollers didn’t write “Bye Bye Baby!” My favourite Four Seasons song has to be “Who Loves You,” tho I also love “Tell It To The Rain” which I would never had heard had I not seen the show. After I went and bought the greatest hits CD!

JBB: The British audience is known to be on the reserved side. What have you done in the past to overcome this being that you are pretty boisterous?

Churchers: I wouldn’t say boisterous. I’d say excited. Ha! My first rule when sitting in my seats is to make friends with my neighbours. Let them know that I may sway and Woo Hoo on occasions. I have also made fab friends through the JB Blog so quite often we all book tickets together. That way I’m not alone in my madness but I do think that us Brits are getting better. This past weekend’s audience was brilliant; lots of cheering but on other occasions its like sitting amongst the dead! I do wonder if they are watching what I am.

JBB: You have become quite the Stage Door photographer. Your photos are gorgeous. What has been your favorite Stage Door experience so far?

Churchers: Thanks for the comments on the photos. Best Stage Door experience so far has to be this past “Cast Change” weekend. Did four stage door visits with my fellow JB Bloggers Haleruke, Pip, and Emeralds (had to give them a shout!). It was great capturing some of the Cast on their last day plus after the Saturday night show the whole Cast were off to do the Variety Club Ball so they all came out in costume which when you love a man in a suit as much as we do… it was brilliant! I do have to say my photos are only as good as the person in the picture and the JB London Cast always make the time to stop, pose and chat with Fans.

JBB: Visiting the Stage Door adds to the overall JB experience. Some though are too timid to venture out. Do you have any words of encouragement?

Churchers: Do what we did, have some vodka at the Dog and Duck…the JB Bloggers haunt and take the plunge. The Cast is always happy to see Fans and meeting them makes the whole day worthwhile! They really are a lovely bunch of people!

JBB: This past “Cast Change” weekend you saw the show 3x’s. What were the memorable moments on stage?

Churchers: During the matinee, the Cast seemed to be having some fun as some of them were leaving, so for example during Dawn, the drummer (Joseph) came out covered in lipstick and then in the jail scene, instead of two guards wanting Frankie’s autograph, there were about seven! It was really funny and for those of us who go often…we noticed it! And then obviously after the matinee and evening shows, there was a mention to those who were leaving. It was emotional and some were “tearing up”.

JBB: Anything else you’d like to share about Jersey Boys?

Churchers: Just that it is by far the best show I have ever seen on the West End. The Cast is amazing, the theatre is beautiful and the Fans are like none I ever known before! My Hand to God– miss this show and you are missing out!

Thank you Churchers for sharing your wonderful JB experiences so far. One transatlantic common bond is that Jersey Boys, the Jersey Boys Blog and Jersey Boys World have been instrumental in forming many enduring friendships. Looking forward to a “shandy” or two at the Dog & Duck the next time I’m across the pond!


  1. Great Interview Churchers

    Comment by Emeralds — March 19, 2009 @ 3:38 am

  2. Awesome , A must read ***** – says Jenny Sherlock

    Sarah is famous or should i say infamous , we love churchers she is the reason i became a memeber of this blog.
    ‘who loves you ?’

    Comment by Jen — March 19, 2009 @ 4:08 am

  3. Well done my friend – fame, fortune and dressing gowns will be yours. Great interview – keep chasing the music. Double click!

    Comment by The Les — March 19, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  4. Great job Charly! Your connection with the London production bridges the gap of that huge body of water. You really have a way of bringing your features and interviews to life! Any chance of you covering the Australia cast?

    Comment by Carolyn — March 19, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  5. Fab interview, you always give me the giggles- these blogs would not be the same without you!!!

    Me and Emma keep on going on about the 31st, we can’t wait to meet you Churchers!!!! :D :D

    See you soon, oh and Charly- fab interview :D

    Comment by Becky *Vallisgirl* :P — March 19, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  6. Excellent description of the fab show that it is. We will have to be careful as after the above blog it will be even more difficult to get tickets. Congratulations Sarah

    Comment by Susiewuzie — March 19, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

  7. Loving the interview!
    Jersey Boys just wouldnt be the same without Churches! She makes it bloody funny (even though i havnt been with her yet! lol). She’s god dam gorgeous and because of this shes going to be having Jye’s babies :) .
    She is just toooo funny, its seriously her talent that shes got nailed amazingly!! haha. She has me laughing all the time!! and i seriously cant wait to meet you Churcherssssss! See you on the 31st!!
    x x x x x

    Comment by Em Gem — March 19, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  8. Well done Sarah, great descripton of the show, good job that only people that are fans of the show can read this or else we would never be able to get tickets!!!

    Comment by Susiewuzie — March 19, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  9. Churchers … you ARE like that bunny on TV with the batteries … you just keep going and going and going, chasing the music …. trying to get home…. don’t ever stop. AB-SO-LUTELY fab interview… yeh yeh yeh!

    Comment by Pipalina — March 19, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  10. Great interview. I gotta meet this gal!! Love that she uses Jersey Boys references for Scattergories – I love that game. Will have to give it a try.

    Comment by Linda — March 19, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

  11. Nice to meet you Sarah. Enjoy reading your comments on the Forum.

    Charly, great interview. Thank you.

    Linda (Tiggerbelle)

    Comment by Linda/Tiggerbelle — March 19, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  12. Great to meet you, Churchers. Love your comment about making friends with the seatmates; I did that prior to my trip to London, warning them I would stand at the end of the “Big 3″ to get the “ping” that Charly promised Stephen would give me from the stage. (The only ping I actually received was the person behind me telling me to sit down!!)

    Charly, you continue to delight us all with your marvelous public relations skills..any chance you can bridge the gap in Washington between the warring parties?

    Maybe I missed it, Churchers, but what is the genesis of that great nickname?

    Thanks so much, ladies..this was a day brightener!

    Comment by Howard Tucker — March 20, 2009 @ 11:49 am

  13. Sarah, fame at last…..
    This lady is mad and fab, she is one of my new friends from ‘the Jersey boys fans’ via facebook, there are some amazing fans on there and we are all crazy over the show. We all have our personal favorites in ryan, stephen, glenn and phil.
    Jersey boys rock…….xxx

    Comment by paula — March 21, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  14. Wonderful interview Charly! I feel like I’ve met Sarah now personally..and we do have at least one thing in common…The Jersey Boys! I’m glad you’re trying to loosen up the audiences a bit. It is a show that affects everyone personally… and yet there is a shared connection with others. You expressed that very nicely, Sarah.

    Comment by LuluThompson — March 22, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  15. I love reading about these ladies in England! You make me laugh! Thank you for sharing Charly and Churchers!

    Comment by Amber — March 26, 2009 @ 12:59 am

  16. Great interview, Sarah. Really useful for anyone who hasn’t seen the show yet. You have now convinced me to go to the stage door afterwards!

    Comment by Harriet — January 16, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

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