Anything Goes at Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, March 5 to 9
FAST-moving musical Anything Goes will be performed by the Scunthorpe Amateur Operatic Society – with its lead role given to the member of another drama group.
Scunthorpe's Plowright Theatre will stage the five-night production from Tuesday, March 5, to Saturday, March 9.
The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
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Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and public enemy Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope.
The musical introduced such songs as Anything Goes, You're the Top, and I Get a Kick Out of You.
Show director Jacky Bacon said: "We have got quite a lot of young people in this show.
"There are 12 young dancers, nine members of Scunthorpe Junior Operatic Society (Jopsox), three dancing roles and one principal role.
"Anything Goes is a very lively show and features Cole Porter music.
"It's a farce comedy that's very fast moving."
The group started rehearsals for Anything Goes in mid-September, with the floor music rehearsal starting after Christmas, choreographed by Claire Wheat.
Jacky said finding a lead actor had initially posed a problem.
She said: "Directing the show is a real challenge for me.
"The biggest challenge has been casting the lead role of Billy Crocker. We struggled casting the lead role so we borrowed Stuart Robins from The Hospital Players and Wilton Productions.
"He has not been able to come to all our rehearsals because he was performing with the Hospital Players.
"But Stuart is very good, he's very funny and he can sing, dance and act."
Jacky said she would like to see more younger performers, particularly men, join the group, which has around 40 members.
She said: "It's a vicious circle, because to get young members interested we have to put on young shows but we cannot cast young people to play the young roles.
"It's no good having someone in their 50s playing a juvenile role."
Liam Fletcher, 15, plays John, a Chinese man on board the ship.
He said: "I started in the junior section but have now moved up to perform with the adults.
"Not having many juniors makes it difficult to pick plays to do but with Anything Goes, you can cast this play for any age."
Performances will begin at 7.30pm on each evening and there will also be a 2.30pm matinee show on the Saturday.
Tickets are £12 and can be booked on 0844 8542776.