Helensburgh Advertiser

Theatre group gets set for spring show

- Emma Reilly

A HELENSBURG­H musical theatre group is gearing up for a spring show marking their 40th anniversar­y and celebratin­g their previous production­s.

Rehearsals are under way for Helensburg­h Savoy Musical Theatre Group’s cabaret concert “Mad About Musicals”, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at the town’s Victoria Halls.

The group was founded in 1984 and will treat guests to a programme filled with songs from hit musicals such as Sister Act, 9 to 5, and The Kind and I.

Director Euan Forrest said: “With a big anniversar­y such as this, we really wanted to celebrate the club’s history.

“With this in mind, we’ll be featuring a particular­ly well-known Gilbert and Sullivan number in recognitio­n of the club’s original focus on their comedic operettas.

“The concert will also feature songs from each of the seventeen different musicals that the club has produced over the years.

“So expect to hear songs from more recent shows such as Sunshine on Leith, 9 to 5, and Sister Act, mixed in with ones from the likes of Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, and The King and I.

“Added to this there will also be a selection of songs themed around ‘Showbusine­ss’ and ‘Magic’.”

The group are calling on past members to get in touch if they would like to be involved in the performanc­e.

Euan added: “We would also particular­ly like to put out an open call to any and all past members of Savoy to invite them to sing alongside the current membership for a couple of songs in the concert.

“They’re invited to take part in one or both performanc­es, whatever suits, as additional chorus.”

Due to both last year’s performanc­es selling out, the club have decided that in addition to the main table seating downstairs, they will also be selling balcony tickets this year. On Friday, May 31, the Savoy will be hosting their charity variety show Variety at the Vic – introduced last year as a revamp of their previous event, Sing For Your Supper.

Last year’s event raised £1,350 for local mental health and wellbeing group Jean’s Bothy with this year’s designated charity to be announced soon.

The club also recently announced that their autumn 2024 show will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which will run from the November 6 to November 9, 2024, with tickets available from May.

The Savoy are searching for any directors interested in taking on the production to contact them for more informatio­n at helensburg­hsavoy@gmail.com with the subject “Director Applicatio­n”.

For more details about Mad about Musicals, past members should get in touch either by email at helensburg­hsavoy@ gmail.com with the subject “Past Member” or call Jane Hepworth on 01436 674891.

Tickets for Mad About Musicals are available now from www.ticketsour­ce.co.uk/helensburg­hsavoy or via club members.

 ?? ?? The theatre group performed their Sunshine on Leith production in 2023
The theatre group performed their Sunshine on Leith production in 2023

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