As a child Louise was a very keen member of the Sundowners Youth Group along with her sister, Helen Skinner. She made her first main RDG appearance as a child in Lark Rise in 1987. Her first main adult role was as Nancy in our second presentation of Oliver! in 1994. Her strong singing voice has featured in most of our succeeding musicals: More to Love, Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A, Songs of the Century and Dear Diary.
The group is delighted that in the past few years Louise has taken over the Directing of the Sundowners Youth Group - thus instilling a love of theatre in a new generation of young people.
Louise made a triumphant success in the title role of our musical presentation of Sweet Charity and followed this up by playing a feisty Conchita in Copacabana. In 2006 she gave an effervescent performance in the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She was one of the featured singers in our musical compilation ~ All that JazZ - an A - Z of Musicals. She went on to direct our summer Show Choir presentations.
After a short break Louise happily returned to play one of the leading roles in our popular musical Nine to Five while he strong singing voice was a powerful feature of our popular musical White Christmas in 2017.
Sadly - for the group - Louise decided to move to Devon in 2019. She will be greatly missed not just because the many feisty performances she has given in our popular musicals - but perhaps more importantly of the work she has done with the Sundowners. 20 years she almost single-handed revived our children's group and has directed a wide variety of shows including Les Miserables, Oliver!. and The Wiz. Her final production in 2019 was High School Musical which like most of her previous shows was a complete sell-out at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking. Many of her shows had a cast of over 50 children and she was keen to include many who had previously little or no experience of the stage. Her shows were always full of tremendous energy, commitment and great teamwork No doubt it was Louise's infectious enthusiasm which inspired her young cast. Although we will miss her greatly we wish Louise, Steve, Ocean and River every happiness in their new life in Devon