Crowthorne Musical Players say Hello Dolly!By Hugh Fort
May 18, 2012
The story of a professional matchmaker will be told in Bracknell next week in a glittering production from the Crowthorne Musical Players.
The Players are putting the finishing touches to Hello Dolly!, which arrives at the Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park in Ringmead on Tuesday, May 22.
The show tells the tale of Dolly Levi, a professional matchmaker in New York at the turn of the century.
She is tasked with finding a partner for rich businessman Horace Vandergelder, but complications arise when she realises he is the one for her and, inevitably, she falls in love with him.
Chris Light, secretary of the group, described the play as a light comedy which features a number of famous songs including Put on Your Sunday Clothes, Before the Parade Passes By, and the title song Hello Dolly!.
“We’re very excited by this play,” he said. “We’ve been working hard in rehearsals fine-tuning the performance and are ready to go.
“We think it’s a really good show. It’s got some fantastic music in it.
“It’s a great family show.”
There are 20 cast members from the group taking part in the show, as well as an orchestra of 13 pumping out the songs from the musical.
Nick Austin leads the musical troop, while choreography is arranged by Erin Pharo. Chris added: “There’s a fantastic scene featuring the galloping waiters. It has to be seen to be believed. Sadly, I’m in the chorus so I don’t get to take part. It’s a brilliantly frantic scene though.”
The play first featured on Broadway in 1964 and scooped a number of industry awards. It was also turned into a 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards. For a time it was the longest-running Broadway musical and ran for 2,844 performances. While the Crowthorne Musical Players aren’t running for that long, they promise a great night of entertainment.
- Hello Dolly! runs from Tuesday, May 22, to Saturday, May 26. Tickets are £12 for Tuesday, £14 for Wednesday and Thursday, and £15 for Friday and Saturday at the Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park . To book call the box office on (01344) 484 123.