Members of the Port Talbot Amateur Operatic Society’s youth theatre rehearsing for a production. Photo: Ingrid Bousquet
Port Talbot Amateur Operatic Society are promising a flash bang wallop of a show for their next production, Half a Sixpence, at the Princess Royal Theatre.
They promise the new production will have audiences old and young singing, laughing, crying and tapping their feet along to some well-loved songs.
Adapted from H G Wells’ novel Kipps, it tells the story of Arthur Kipps, an orphan who unexpectedly inherits and loses a fortune, whilst becoming involved in a complicated love triangle along the way. He eventually comes to realise that money cannot buy happiness.
Meyrick Sheen, Chairman of Port Talbot and District AOS said: “All the cast members and music and production staff have worked extremely hard at rehearsals and are very happy with this show. They are very excited now with the final rehearsals approaching, the costumes and scenery arriving.”
He appealed for the public to support the show: “The society has been producing live musical shows in Port Talbot every year over the last 66 years! We have been supported by the public and the society gives sincere thanks for this support in purchasing tickets for these shows over the years.
“It is a critical financial period in the society’s history because these musicals are now costing our society (and many others) a minimum of £24,000 to stage in south Wales. These costs are for performing rights, licence, music copies, the hire of the theatre, hire of the orchestra, costumes and scenery.
“Please support this show and our youth production this year, along with our Musicals Evening, to be announced – to ensure live musical theatre and the society survives in Port Talbot.”
Half A Sixpence, Princess Royal Theatre, 8-11 April @ 7pm, Sat 12 April @2pm