For the 40th Anniversary of The Kirk Theatre.
The bright lights of Broadway are set to come to Pickering this week, when Pickering Musical Society showcases its new production, Broadway Nights.
Directed by Maureen Symonds, this show promises to bring a spectacular evening of song, based around the hits of Broadway musicals.
The Society usually produces a concert each October, based around the wartime weekend, but after 25 years and the railway’s decision to stop the wartime weekend, it was time to rethink the annual autumn concert.
Maureen has put a lot of thought into the song selection, wanting to do something different. With more than 100 years of music and the world’s best musicals being performed on Broadway, it has given her an almost unlimited choice for her selection.
The concert features lots of toe-tapping numbers, ballads and comedy songs – in fact there is something for everyone, from old favourites such as Oklahoma and South Pacific, to more modern hits such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most recent production ‘Bad Cinderella’.
October coincides with the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kirk Theatre and many of the songs performed have been featured by the society in its annual productions over the years.
As well as some familiar faces, the junior chorus will perform alongside them and, in a first for our autumn concert, we are pleased to welcome students from the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance.
Alongside those performing on stage, the Society also welcomes a new accompanist, Carl Schofield, who has joined for the first time.
Carl is new to the area, having recently moved from Southport, and the Society is very happy to welcome him into the fold.
Members of the audience will be familiar with Rachel Anderson as a performer, taking to the stage many times.
However, this year, she has also added music instructor to her bow, helping members of the ensemble to prepare for the show.
Director Maureen Symonds said: “It has been really nice to have such a huge selection of songs to choose from for this show.
Hopefully there is something for young and old alike. After a lot of work piecing together a new show, I can honestly say I have enjoyed the process and am looking forward to it. Huge thanks go to Carl and Rachel for their hard work and support.”
Broadway nights opens on Friday, October 13 and runs until Sunday, October 15 at 7.30pm each night.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced from £13 and are available from The Kirk Theatre box office on 01751 474833 or online at www.kirktheatre.co.uk