Operatic Society put on hilarious musical

PRINCIPAL ROLES: Three of the principal characters - Gill Gerlings as Belle, Alison Niven as Older Belle and Alan Matheson as Noble.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

PRINCIPAL ROLES: Three of the principal characters - Gill Gerlings as Belle, Alison Niven as Older Belle and Alan Matheson as Noble.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

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Brechin Amateur Operatic Society’s production of “Little Me” is now underway, with the first show taking place yesterday (Tuesday) and, as with past productions, they have pulled out all the stops.

The show is an outrageously funny musical telling the story of the rise to fame of Belle Poitrine, a little (well built) girl from the wrong side of the tracks who finds her way to the right side of the tracks with the help of several willing gentlemen.

Throughout the musical there are two Belles.

There is the older Belle of today, played by Ali Niven, who is a self-indulgent, wealthy boozer, telling an interviewer the story of her life. The story is acted by the younger Belle played by Gill Gerlings., with both Belles giving excellent and highly entertaining performances.

Early in the story she meets high born Noble Eggleston, Alan Mathieson, who cannot marry Belle because she does not have “wealth, culture and social position”.

In order to achieve these goals, Belle forms relationships with several men some of whom have a habit of dying at opportune moments - all played by Alan Mathieson who fills the roles with apparent ease bringing each individual character to life in his own unique way. Watch out however for the hilarious comedy pairing of Keith Cuthill and Steve Middleton as the Buchsbaum Brothers. Also, the sight of certain members of the cast rigged out in ballet costumes is in itself worth the price of the admission!

The Production Team of Graeme Baird (Producer), Liz Smith (Choreographer) and Gordon Smith (Musical Director) have all once again worked tirelessly to bring out the very best of everyone involved. Praise must also go to Helen Baird (Wardrobe Mistress) and her team for a magnificent effort with all the beautiful costumes, Mac Nicoll yet again for his excellent work as Scenic Artist, Bruce Ritchie and his team for ensuring scene changes go without a hitch, Joe Hawke for lighting, and Kay Robertson for making sure all the “props” are on stage and in place when required.

With excellent songs, brilliant choreography and plenty of hilarity, the show promises to be a good night out for all. The show runs until Saturday, in the City Hall at 7.30 pm nightly. Tickets are available from Gardiners on the High Street or on the night at the hall.