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The Witches of Eastwick - International - Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson's setup for The Witches Of Eastwick at the Derby Theatre in Derby, United Kingdom.
“My drumset is a typical 5 piece Yamaha Stage Custom (wine red colour) with 10”, 12”, and 14" toms and a Pearl Masters Custom Black 14” x 6" Snare Drum. My cymbals are a mixture of Sabian 16" and 18" HHX Evolution Crashes, AAX 14" stage hats, a Zildjian K 21" Ride and 8" Splash, and a Dream Lion Wuhan 18" China. I use DW, Pearl and Yamaha hardware. Percussion-wise I use 2 LP Jam Blocks, an LP cowbell, LP Cyclone Tambourine, two Mark trees one being LP and the other a Spectrasound. A glockenspiel and finally a 5p coin for cymbal scrapes. And of course the Miller Machine mounted triangle! On all of the drums I am using Remo Ambassador Coated heads.

The story of the show is based around three female protagonists, the witches Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont. They are all frustrated and bored by their mundane lives in the town of Eastwick. A Devil-like character, Darryl Van Horne, arrives, seducing each of the women in turn as he teaches them how to expand the powers locked within. As these powers become more sinister and events spiral out of control, the women come to realise that Darryl's influence is corrupting everyone he comes into contact with and resolve to use their new-found strength to exile him from their lives.

This is a really heavy hitting show, the styles involved are rock, ballads, swing/big band broadway with some filmic and show tuney (if that’s a word!) numbers in there. There's also a funky gospel number in the second half, which is fun. It’s a fantastic band, 10 of us down there. Being part of this rhythm section was brilliant, and it was a really nice bunch of people, so it ticked off all of the boxes!

The Miller Machine was something I chose to bring in all the way from the other side of the world for this specific production! This created great ease for certain songs that required a heavy amount of beater switching. Big thanks to Billy Miller for coming up with this great little invention.”