Night at the races will help fund musical theatre’s next show

Regular stage performer Kelly Apps will this year be directing her first show ‘Anything Goes’

MEMBERS and supporters of Lyme Regis Musical Theatre will be going to the races to help raise funds to meet the costs of staging their next production – Cole Porter’s musical hit ‘Anything Goes’.

The former operatic society will be staging a Race Night during Gold Cup week at the Woodmead Halls on Saturday, March 16 with the first race at 8pm.

The £8 tickets include a ploughman’s supper and are available by calling Jo Hopkins on 01297 442134 or Jane Broom on 01297 34437.

A warm welcome will be extended to allcomers, and not just members of LRMT, and all will be encouraged to have a flutter on the eight races.

‘Anything Goes’ will be the society’s 98th show and plans are already being made to celebrate the society’s 100th anniversary next year, having been formed in 1920.

The first show staged at the Marine Theatre by the operatic society was Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Mikado’ in 1921 and one of the events planned for the centenary is a concert version of the same show.

‘Anything Goes’ will be staged at the Woodmead Halls between Tuesday, May 14 and Saturday, May 18 with tickets going on sale from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre in mid-March.

Members of LRMT are hard at work rehearsing for ‘Anything Goes’ which the society last performed in 2005.

And for the first time popular stage performer Kelly Apps will be directing the show and not appearing on stage.

‘Anything Goes’ was first staged in 1934 with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. 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. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13, ‘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’.

Since its 1934 debut, the musical has been revived several times in the United States and Britain and has been filmed twice.

Woodmead Halls

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