THEATRE: Basics Junior Theatre present ‘42nd Street’

Basics 42nd Street
Basics 42nd Street

BASICS Junior Theatre are back with a bang next month with “42nd Street” which they say is their boldest and most sparkling dance musical.

“42nd Street” is a Broadway fairytale put to music as a stage-struck understudy becomes an overnight star. It is packed with razzamatazz, rhythmically tapping feet and a parade of songs such as “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re In The Money” and, of course, “42nd Street.”

The cast, in order of appearance, are Aimee Pilkington as Andy Lee; Alicia Macauley as Oscar, Bradley Porter, Mac; Lydia Cooke as Ann Reilly (Anytime Annie); Georgia Salked as Maggie Jones; Brandon Incles, Bert Barry; Jake Simpson as Billy Lawlor; Annabelle Whiteside, Peggy Sawyer; Georgia Webster, Lorraine Fleming; Karen Wilkinson, Phyllis Dale; Jack Herbert as Julian Marsh; Jessica Balderstone as Dorothy Brock; Oliver Driver, Abner Dillon; Jack Conway, Pat Denning; Charlotte Muldoon, Gladys; Darcie Stott, Ethel and Jessica Parkinson as Diane Lorimer.

Basics first performed this show 15 years ago and many of that cast are now performing professionally all over the world. Andrew Derbyshire, Ruth Taberner, Leanne Bradshaw, Lee Greenaway, Jemma Drake and others went on to carve out careers in performing arts, achieving success on the West End stage, cruise ships and theatres worldwide.

“42nd Street” director Richard Sanderson played the part of Abner Dillon 15 years ago and has since channelled his energies into local theatre as performer and director, but this is his first directing role with Basics where he brings his discipline combined with enthusiasm to get the best from the young cast .

Every member of the cast will be tap dancing in the show even though some had never worn a pair of tap shoes before May, so it is credit to choreographer Kathy Louise Foster and the hours of hard work they have put in.

It runs at Burnley Mechanics from Tuesday to Saturday, December 4th to 8th, and tickets cost from £8 to £12 from the box office on 664400.

All twists and turns

THE curtain goes up on “Night Must Fall”, a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, at the ACE Centre on Wednesday night.

Written by Emlyn Williams and directed by Carolanne Connolly for the Garrick Theatre it is presented at 7-30pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets are £9 or £6 for students and under 16s, from the box office on 01282 661080.

Season tickets for the remaining four plays of the Garrick season are available from Martin Chadwick, on 01282 439997 or 07788 554939.

Christmas is Coming

PENDLE Voices, a group of singers formed when Pendle Opera folded, are giving a cafe-style, light hearted Christmas concert next month.

“Christmas is Coming” on Sunday, December 9th, to Brierfield Methodist Church featuring guest artists Pacific Lamppost, a young jazz trio from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, and new singing discovery, baritone Andrew Tunney.

Pacific Lamppost was formed a year ago by A level students Joe, Sam and Adam who have been playing in the school jazz group for years. They wanted to try something different and enjoy doing their own jazz arrangements of songs for piano, bass guitar and drums, with Sam and Joe interchanging with each other playing piano and drums, and Adam playing the bass guitar.

Andrew was “discovered” by local baritone Peter Walker when he was conducting “Olivet to Calvary” for St Cuthbert’s CE Church Choir at Easter and Andrew was the baritone solo. Peter suggested Andrew should audition for the Royal Northern College of Music and he is now studying with one of their associate tutors.

The concert begins at 7-30pm and tickets are £6 (children £3) with a pie and peas supper. Call 01282 424039 or 01282 777947 to book or pay on the door.

Margaret Parsons