Celebrating 100 years of musical theatre
“Everything Goes” is the exciting new 2023 show by the award-winning Milborne Port Opera. It’s a highly entertaining, foot-tapping backstage musical about performing in backstage musicals.
A group of actors are rehearsing their next show on stage. The theatre cleaner (who knows nothing) wanders in and demands to know what is going on. The director and the cast explain by performing their show, and at the same time provide a potted history of Musical Theatre, from Showboat to Chicago, and back again via Hamilton and Les Miserables.
The cleaner ends up wiser and vastly entertained -by their performances, as well as the backstage banter and antics of the cast. Converted!
The show features well known and lesser set pieces from many favourite hit musicals and films. Many of these are ensemble pieces, but with solos from MPO’s favourite performers. All the usual gang are in the show, plus a few new members, who have thrown themselves into the production with great enthusiasm.
The challenge for MPO is to perform the show’s numbers out of context and not in full costume, in order to respect copyright and licensing laws. So don’t be surprised if “Matchmaker” from “Fidler on the Roof” is about Tinder dating. Or “Putting on my White Tie” is about a group of men getting ready to go out on the town for the night. Or “Oklahoma”, set in the departure lounge of a holiday airport.
The show had been devised and written by drama teacher Karen Pankhurst, who also co-directs. Karen is an accomplished comedy performer, singer and dancer who joined Milborne Port Opera in 2019 for their smash hit “Anything Goes”, where she played Bonnie, the gangster’s moll.
Her co-directors are two accomplished MPO performers and musicians. Rachel Milestone (Trial by Jury, Anything Goes and Merry Widow) and Allison Gosney (co-director of “Anything Goes”).
Caroline D’Cruz, who joined the company in 2006, continues as musical director.
Everything Goes” plays in the Milborne Port Village Hall from the 12th to the 15th April 2023 (The week after Easter). 7.30 pm . Tickets £15.00 (£10 concessions only on the first night, Wednesday 12 April). Box Office -www.mpopera.co.uk (Opens 1st March). Also from Waynes butchers, Milborne Port
Springfield Road, Milborne Port, Somerset DT8 5RE
Wed 12 Apr to Sat 15 April