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LADOS Production of 'Singin' in the Rain'

Singin' in the Rain

6th - 10th May 2008
Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Screenplay and adaptation by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
Songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED
Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cinty Pritzker, Inc.

This amateur production was presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York

Singin' in the Rain

6th - 10th May 2008
Grand Theatre, Lancaster


Synopsis

Singin' in the Rain brings to the stage one of the best loved MGM Film Musicals of all time. The story concerns a period of historical time in the 1920's just as silent movies were about to be replaced by the 'talkies'; a period of intense excitement and optimism in the Hollywood hills - its authors, Betty Comden and Adolf Green, were themselves an active part of this scene.

The musical numbers are chosen to capture the atmosphere of these times; blockbusters such as the title song, Make 'em Laugh, Good Mornin', Broadway Melody, You Were Meant For Me, You are My Lucky Star and many more.

Running through the piece is the love story of Don - a silent movie idol - and Kathy who is a dancing girl on the studio set and her rivalry with Lina Lamont who is Don's film leading lady. The sub text is that Lina just does not have a voice that will be suitable for the 'talkies'; a very realistic dilemma faced by the film studios at the time.

Singin' in the Rain is full of timeless humour as the studio somewhat over-ambitiously attempts to make not just a talking picture but a talking musical and the show delights us with its unsurpassed musical comedy dance routines, made famous on film by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. You can be assured that LADOS will do its level best to capture on stage the sheer exuberance of these routines.

Cast, Crew and Orchestra

Principals
Don Lockwood . . . Paul Atkinson
Cosmo Brown . . . Paul Knowles
Kathy Seldon . . . Sophie Hughes
Lina Lamont . . . Suzanne Ward
RF Simpson . . . Bryan Wood
Roscoe Dexter . . . Steven Bryant
Production Singer . . . Russell Walsh
Miss Dinsmore . . . Jenny Griffiths
Dora Bailey . . . Joanne Metcalfe
Zelda Zanders . . . Lydia Harrington
Sid Phillips . . . Will Grisedale
Supporting Cast
Flick & Flack . . . Damian Ashton, Russell Walsh
Stripper . . . Ceri Blease
Lookalike Lina/Maid . . . Catherine Butler
Lookalike Don . . . Russell Walsh
Villain . . . Robert Boyle
Studio Assistants . . . Robert Boyle, Keith Jones, Suzanne Willey
Wardrobe Mistress . . . Jessica Ashton
Dancers
Young Don . . . Duncan Ryan
Young Cosmo . . . Inigo Bruce

Production Team
ProducerTony Hindle
Musical DirectorAngela Pearson
ChoreographerVictoria J Hubbard
Assistant to ChoreographerSarah Disberry
Stage ManagerDominic Ashton
SoundPaul Mullineaux
Lighting / FilmRichard Prescott
PropsCliff Beckett, Dawn Naylor
PromptHazel Beckett
Costume CommitteePeggy Brierley, Sylvia Rogerson, Audrey Tarney
Front of House ManagerDavid Brierley, June Derham
Publicity & Programme CommitteeCliff Beckett, Hazel Beckett, Jane Silvester, Audrey Tarney
PhotographerCliff Beckett
Party BookingsJoanne Metcalfe, Frank Dewhurst
Screenplay and adaptation by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
Songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED
Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cinty Pritzker, Inc.

This amateur production was presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York
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