The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park
6th - 10th November 2018 at 7.45pm
Saturday matinée at 2.30pm
Don Lockwood is a silent film star. He barely tolerates his vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont, who is convinced that their screen romance is real. After the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, proves to be a smash hit, the head of the studio, R. F. Simpson, decides he has no choice but to convert the new Lockwood and Lamont film, The Dueling Cavalier, into a talkie. The production is beset with difficulties, by far the worst being Lina's comically grating voice.
After a disastrous test screening, Don's best friend, Cosmo Brown, comes up with the idea to overdub Lina's voice and they convince Simpson to turn The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical comedy film. Meanwhile, Don falls in love with an aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, who is providing the voice for Lina. When Lina finds out, she is furious and does everything possible to sabotage the romance. She maliciously demands that Kathy continue to provide her voice in all future films, but remain uncredited. An irate, but desperate Simpson is forced to agree; Kathy has no choice because she is under contract.
The premiere is a tremendous success. When the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, Don and Cosmo improvise and get Lina to lip-synch while Kathy sings into a second microphone while hidden behind the curtain. Unbeknownst to Lina, as she starts "singing", Don, Cosmo and Simpson gleefully raise the curtain behind her, revealing the deception. Kathy becomes a star, and Lina is finished.
Preview/Read-Through22 May 2018 at 19:30 (Pinewood)
Dance Workshop23 May 2018 at 19:30 (Pinewood)
Music Rehearsals29 May 2018 at 19:30 (Pinewood)
Music Rehearsals and Early Auditions5 June 2018 at 19:30 (Pinewood)
Dance Workshop and Dance Auditions6 June 2018 at 19:30 (Pinewood)
Auditions10 June 2018 at 10:00 (Pinewood)
Screenplay by BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN
Songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Music Published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)
Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk
- Director: Lucy Seymour
- Musical Director: Bridget Biggar
- Choreographer: Melinda Bennett
- Stage Manager: Andrew Cooper
- Lighting Designer: Michael Brenkley
- Sound Designer: Tom Horrox