Live and kicking
HEY big spender? Not this time.
A city am dram group is demonstrating how every penny has to be watched to keep the costs down in productions by re-using costumes first seen in the same show 37 years ago.
Plymouth Theatre Company's 2012 Sweet Charity will have three of the principals wearing dresses that were used when the group first presented the musical in 1975 at the Hoe Theatre.
The two productions also have a mother-daughter link.
Katy O'Brien's frock, as worn by one of the nightclub dancers, was worn by her mother Angela Collins in that premiere in 1975. Angela is director and choreographer this time round.
Meanwhile Andy Westcott, who plays Oscar, has his mind on Chicago – that's the Windy City not the jazz-age musical.
His employers in the day job told him they wanted him in Chicago for a week right in the middle of rehearsals.
" Angela was tearing her hair out," said Colin Caley, the theatre company's publicity man.
"But the show goes on and at least she can console the rest of the cast that Andy knows his part backwards.
"Of course it will be alright on the night. There's a top team of experienced actors and singers and a top 'feel-good' show to bring a smile to everyone."
Back to the show. For Charity Hope Valentine, the course of true love does not run smoothly.
"Sweet" Charity is a nightclub dancer – she partners the next man who comes along but dreams of meeting Mr Right. Her colleagues despair of her determination to wait for the man of her dreams.
Her current boyfriend steals her purse, then she falls in with rich and handsome Vittorio until his former lover gets back on the scene.
Next she gets stuck in the lift with Oscar Lindquist, a man who is terrified of small, enclosed spaces. But keeping him calm sparks something that could just be the answer for Sweet Charity.
Sit back and enjoy some of the most popular songs ever heard in a show.
There's Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Rhythm of Life and I'm a Brass Band.
Brian Gerry (the best-known back of the head in the business) is the musical director.
Sweet Charity is at the Devonport Playhouse from Wednesday, October to Saturday next week 7.30pm each night with a matinee on the final day at 2.30pm.
The box office is on 01752 560726.