Large cast for toe-tapper

Steve Reading plays Bobby Childs and Helen Stoddart plays Polly Baker.
Steve Reading plays Bobby Childs and Helen Stoddart plays Polly Baker.
Grimm's Fairy Tales for Young and Old. Hal Darling as The Wolf, Emily Wells as Little Red Riding Hood. Photo by Paul Inskip

REVIEW: Grimm’s Tales For Young and Old by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

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A musical of glitz, glamour and big performances is at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, from Tuesday until Saturday as South Downe Musical Society performs Crazy For You.

It was 55 years ago that founding members of the amateur dramatics group managed to raise enough money to perform The Street Singer at the Trinity Church Hall, Fareham. Now the group is celebrating its anniversary.

Alan Jenkins is chairman of SDMS and plays a part in the production. He feels it’s about time the group put on Crazy For You, a 1992 musical spawned byy George and Ira Gershwin’s show Girl Crazy.

‘We performed it previously in 1996, but there are a lot of these kind of revival shows happening at the minute.

‘It was successful for us in 1996. It has toe-tapping music, and there is singing for the chorus and dancing for the dancers. It meant we could have quite a large cast involved in it.’

The members hope the group will carry on for much longer: ‘I see no reason why, if we are careful and keep doing what we’re doing, we won’t be here in five year’s time celebrating our diamond anniversary.

‘Why can’t we be here in the future celebrating our 80th, 90th or 100th anniversary? There’s always a place for this kind of organisation.’

Tickets cost £10 £12 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on (023) 9282 8282 or go to kings-southsea.com.