Mysterious village is here every 100 years
IN this week’s Memory Lane, we take a look back at a performance by Bacup Amateur Operatic Society.
Our regular Memory Lane contributor, Peter Fisher, has sent us a selection of pictures from the show, Brigadoon, in 1957.
The society, which formed in 1935, staged the musical play in two acts at The Empire Theatre in Bacup.
It ran for one week, starting Monday, October 28. There were nightly shows at 7.15pm, as well as a matinee on the Saturday at 2.15pm, and proceeds were donated to local charities.
This week’s pictures show members of the cast and chorus in Bacup Amateur Operatic Society’s performance of Brigadoon.
First (top left) is a shot of the programme cover for the show. Next (top centre) is a picture of William Ashworth as Tommy.
Top right is a picture of the chorus.
Next is Jean Carter as Fiona, then Clare Hardman as Jean.
Clarence Roberts played Harry (bottom right), then Betty Cummings was Maggie (right) and John Heyworth played Jeff (above right).
The play features songs such as Almost Like Being in Love and revolves around a mysterious Scottish village that appears for just one day every 100 years.
Two American tourists, Tommy and Jeff, stumble upon this village, called Brigadoon, and Tommy falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from the village.
Meanwhile, flirtatious dairymaid Meg takes a fancy to Jeff, and lures him away.
At this point everyone else in the village is busy preparing for the wedding of Jean MacLaren and Charlie Darymple.
Schoolmaster, Mr Lundie, reveals the secret of Brigadoon to Tommy and Jeff - to protect the village from being changed by the outside world, 200 years ago the local minister prayed for Brigadoon to disappear, only to reappear for one day once every century.
Residents cannot leave the town, or the magic will be broken and the village will disappear forever.
As Charlie and Jean are married, Harry, who is in love with Jean, tries to kiss her. Distraught, he then announces her is leaving Brigadoon.
The men of the village try to find Harry before he can leave, and as they search, suddenly an agonised scream is heard.
Harry is found dead and the men carry his body away, deciding not to tell the rest of the village until the next day.
Tommy then tells Jeff he intends to stay with Fiona in Brigadoon, which Jeff says is absurd.
Jeff reveals that he tripped Harry and accidentally killed him, and, as Harry’s body is brought out, Tommy decides he cannot stay.
Four years later, Jeff is seen drinking heavily in a New York bar, when Tommy arrives, still in love with Fiona.
He tells his fiancée in the outside world that he cannot marry her, and he and Jeff return to the spot where thy found Brigadoon.
At first they lament that nothing is there, but the Mr Lundie arrives and tells him anything is possible if you love someone enough, even miracles.
Tommy waves goodbye to Jeff and returns to Brigadoon with Mr Lundie to be reunited with Fiona.
Did you see the show in 1957, or were you a member of Bacup Amateur Operatic Society?
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