Hipp’ is hive of activity

TAODS' production of Calendar Girls will open at the Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden, on October 10
TAODS' production of Calendar Girls will open at the Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden, on October 10

THE Hippodrome Theatre in Todmorden will be a hive of activity over the coming days as final preparations are made for next week’s opening of Calendar Girls, the first main house show since the summer flooding.

Damage, assessed at thousands of pounds, has seen the theatre transformed into a building site as the remediation work was carried out.

Under stage, dressing rooms and the orchestra pit have needed extensive rebuilding and the foyer received a long-overdue facelift.

This week will see the wardrobe department rehoused, replacement lighting racks installed and the seats put back into the auditorium.

On stage, things are just as busy for the cast and crew as they enter the final week of rehearsals, making sure that the show will run smoothly - including the infamous photography scene.

“We are spending extra time on that scene,” said director Justine Sutcliffe.

“It is a great scene, full of comedy.

“We want to show all the cheeky fun without showing anything else. It’s quite a challenge.”

David Winslow, chairman of Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, is confident that the first main house show this season will be a huge success.

“It has been selling well,” he said. “Calendar Girls is a much loved story and a lot of people want to come and see it but I think there are also people who have booked tickets to show their support for the theatre after a difficult summer.

“We’re very grateful to them.”

Calendar Girls will run at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, from Wednesday, October 10, until Saturday, October 13.

Tickets are indeed selling well and those who still need downstairs seats for access issues are advised to book for Thursday or Saturday nights as there are very few tickets left in the stalls for Wednesday and Friday.

Tickets are on sale now from http://www.todhip.org. They can also be bought from Todmorden Information Centre on 01706 818181.

For group bookings, please call Sylvia on 07722 236837.