Capturing essence of Broadway

Some of the Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society cast who are taking part in the latest production "Drowsy Chaperone".
Some of the Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society cast who are taking part in the latest production "Drowsy Chaperone".

REHEARSALS are now in full swing for the Calderdale premiere of “The Drowsy Chaperone” - a musical based on 1920s song and dance.

For the first time, Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society will be using the intimate setting provided by the town’s Little Theatre, Holme Street, to stage the show, which runs from March 22 to 26.

Veteran director John Eastwood is in charge of the production and the music is in the capable hands of Giselle Herbert.

The show marks the end of an era for the society which was founded in 1917 and for the past 40 years or so has had as its base the rehearsal rooms behind Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The building is to be demolished in the spring to make way for offices.

The show pays homage to American musicals of the jazz age and examines the effect they have on the fans who adore them.

The man of the title, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fan, seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness”, listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical - an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes.

The society is still searching for a tongue-in-cheek gangster and a couple of men to fill a couple of roles in the chorus, said secretary Brenda Astin.Astin.

Tickets are available on 01422 842371.