The Wimbledon Light Opera Society are performing their new show Anything Goes at the New Wimbledon Theatre for four days in June, writes Michelle Fowler.
The classic Cole Porter musical, directed by Janet Huckle, is a romantic tale set aboard the ocean liner SS American, following the various romances of a glamorous nightclub singer, young debutante and her snooty fiance and a disguised stowaway hoping to steal her heart.
Starring Elizabeth Burton as Reno Sweeney and Seumus Grey as Moonface Martin, the show will feature songs such as You’re the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You and namesake Anything Goes.
Suzannah Bailey, who stars as a singing angel in the musicals, says: “It’s quite unusual that an amateur group can go to Wimbledon, so we’re really proud.
“We had to think of something that would sell and pull in the crowds, which is why we went with Anything Goes.
“The music is really fantastic and there is lots of irony about the glitz and importance of celebrities and how they’re revered, so it’s still relevant today, even though it’s a show from the 30s.”
Most of the Wimbledon Light Opera Society’s members are from Wimbledon and the surrounding area and the group have been performing for 80 years.
Bailey says: “We’re really getting excited now at the six-week mark, and rehearsals have stepped up a gear.”
Anything Goes; Wimbledon Light Opera Society; New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon; June 12 to 15; £16.50 - £25.50; visit atgtickets.com/shows/anything-goes/new-wimbledon-theatre or call 0844 871 7646