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Stage set for a show-stopping performance from society

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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Frome Operatic Society's Showstoppers are gearing up for a fantastic evening's entertainment at the Frome Memorial Theatre on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Showstoppers are part of the Frome Amateur Operatic Society with more than 60 singers performing and ages ranging from 15 to 80 something.

Led by Kerry Bishop, this year the group have chosen a programme of well known show-stopping songs from the world of popular musical theatre such as such as Hello Dolly, Westside Story, Sound of Music, 42nd Street, Anything Goes and The Sound of Music .

Many of the performers will be familiar to Frome audiences together with new members drawn from different singing backgrounds.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will benefit from the concert and RBL have been invited to parade the standards from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force Association, the Royal Naval Association and the Forces Cadets as part of the evening's entertainment.

A spokesperson for the society said: "We are also extremely honoured that the National President from NODA Derek Grattidge and his wife Connie will be guests at the show and will be making a presentation to one of our members.

"So don't delay, book today!

"There are still some seats left and you will be assured of a really good evening's entertainment."

Tickets, costing £9, can be booked by calling 01373 462795 or at www.fromememorialtheatre. org.uk.

The group's spring show next year will be The Sound of Music so this show will be something of a sneak preview to what audiences can expect.

The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.

Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and the title song The Sound of Music.

The original Broadway production, starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened on November 16, 1959.

It has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards.

The film has generated its own Sound of Music sub-culture, from countless broadcasts on television and showings in cinemas, to constant reissues in the video and DVD market, where it is an evergreen classic.

In a category all its own is the irrepressible Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music phenomenon sees fans come dressed in lederhosen, dirndls, nuns' habits, or as the more highly-conceptualised "wild geese with moon on their wings," "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes" or simply, "a drop of golden sun."

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