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Harlequins bring rock musical back to stage

Front - Grace Rouke as Rebecca Janet Hunt as Mistress Glister, Mick Clyne as Kovak, Ali Watt as Grisby, Linda Leslie as The Professor and Justin O'Toole as Captain K

Front - Grace Rouke as Rebecca Janet Hunt as Mistress Glister, Mick Clyne as Kovak, Ali Watt as Grisby, Linda Leslie as The Professor and Justin O'Toole as Captain K

Cropredy Harlequins are gearing up for Cropredy’s first ever rock musical as they bring cult novel Rebecca’s World to the stage at the village hall.

The show was first devised in 1982 by local teacher Stephen Wass, in collaboration with children at Hardwick Primary School. Mr Wass based the work on the story by Terry Nation (a former Doctor Who screenwriter who famously invented the daleks).

Mr Wass said: “I love Rebecca’s World and so does every class I have ever read it to. It is wonderfully written, has excitement, humour and is just scary enough!”

The plot has echoes of perennial favourites The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. A young girl is transported to a mysterious and beautiful planet where she meets a succession of colourful characters: Grisby who wears a green fur coat and has very bad feet; Captain K an inept would-be superhero and Kovak ‘a man of a thousand faces – all embarrassingly alike’. But the planet is under the control of the evil Ms Glister and her henchmen and an army of ‘ghosts’. In order to restore the peace, Rebecca and her companions must solve a succession of riddles, travel through hazards, and save the last remaining tree – their only defence against evil.

Songs featured in the show will be performed by a live rock band and singers from Cropredy’s Gospel Edge choir.

Mr Wass’ wife Verna, also a teacher and drama practitioner, is directing the show. She said: “We have a great cast, with many experienced adult character actors, who are bringing their own special touches to their roles. Our younger cast members are also developing very confident characterisations.”

The production will be staged on February 20-22. Performances are at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £5 from the Wild Damson Cafe in Cropredy or from 01295 758224.

Mr and Mrs Wass would love to hear from anyone who took part in either the 1982 Hardwick School production or the 1995 Greatworth Primary and Frank Wise one, with a view to arrange a reunion and get-together with the current cast. Call 01295 758222 or e-mail verna.wass@btinternet.com

 

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