Blast from the past for theatre group

Some of the cast of the King & I back in 1965. The theatre group will be revisiting the show for the first time since then.
Some of the cast of the King & I back in 1965. The theatre group will be revisiting the show for the first time since then.
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A LOCAL musical theatre group has uncovered a photograph album that dates back to its first ever performance in 1965.

Newspaper clippings, reviews and black and white photos were all documented and have now been discovered after the group decided to revisit the ‘King and I’ for the first time since their debut show.

Skegness Musical Theatre Company is made up of local amateur singers and dancers and has been entertaining the town with annual shows for almost 50 years.

Audition calls are out for this weekend and the group hopes the old photographs will provoke some nostalgia in the town.

The show features about twenty children in the famous ‘March of the Siamese Children’ and many of the original children are still in Skegness today.

Local theatre and dance school owner, Janice Sutton, also featured in the ‘King and I’ in 1965 and her pupils will be following in her footsteps when the show is performed at the Embassy Theatre in March next year.

Secretary, Sandra Colman, said: “Our group is a warm and friendly bunch who want to showcase local singers and dancers, giving anyone who likes to perform their chance to shine on the stage.

“We have parts for adults ranging from 16-years-old to 60+ and even if you’re not that confident you can sing away in the comfort of the chorus. Working with local dance schools, the shows give a great opportunity for Skegness’s future stars to experience being in a full scale production.”

The King and I features famous songs such as ‘I Whistle A Happy Tune’, ‘Getting To Know You’, ‘Something Wonderful’ and ‘Shall We Dance?’

Anyone interested in joining the fun can come to an open workshop on Monday, October 8 at 7.30 pm in The Savoy Hotel on North Parade, Skegness.