4:42pm Wednesday 29th February 2012
ONE of the best-known musical comedies of all time is providing a sunny treat at the seaside.
Grange and District Amateur Operatic Society stage Me and My Girl until Saturday (March 3) at the Victoria Hall with husband and wife team Mark and Jennifer Jeffereys playing the lead roles of Bill Snibson and his ‘girl’ Sally Smith.
Producer Christine Bell has put together what promises to be an all singing, all dancing, Grange cracker, which - set in the late 1930s in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth - tells the tale of Lambeth costermonger Bill as he’s unveiled to be the new Earl of Hareford.
As a result, his newly-acquired artistocratic relations are horrified and take the cockney fruit and vegetable street seller off to Hareford Hall, in an attempt to educate Bill into the ways of the gentry and to seperate him from cockney Sally.
The result - chaos of the comical kind.
The Duchess (played by Ann Heap) plans a party in Bill's honour, but Sally isn’t invited. At the event, Bill puts on airs and graces and tries to please his newly-found and noble family and their friends. However, his roots quickly begin to show - and Sally shows up.
With a host of hilarious characters, witty one-liners and umpteen toe-tapping, uplifting tunes - including The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning On The Lampost and the well-known showstopper Lambeth Walk - Me and My Girl is a must for fans of musical comedy.
Tom Gray is musical director and Vivienne Wild accompanist.
Christine said it’s a great show and the cast have worked really hard.
She added: “The story is so funny and the cast have really milked it.”
With the book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay, the musical originally opened at the West End Victoria Palace Theatre on December 16, 1937, and starred Lupino Lane.
It also enjoyed successful revivals in both London and New York in the 1980s.
Grange performances start at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee also on Saturday.
Tickets available from Butterfingers or by telephone on 015395-34098.
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