East Leeds: Garforth Musical Society appeal to make sure show can go on

Garforth Miners' Welfare Hall.
Garforth Miners' Welfare Hall.
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An amateur dramatics group in Leeds is appealing for help from Yorkshire Evening Post readers to make sure their show can go on.

Garforth Musical Society is due to stage a production of Annie at the miners’ welfare hall in the town in April.

But, with time ticking away relentlessly until the opening, the group’s members have been hit by a double dose of showbiz disaster.

Setback number one has come in the form of their fruitless search for a suitable youngster to fill the musical’s title role.

And, in setback number two, long-term illness has forced their regular piano player to drop out of rehearsals.

Now the society has issued an SOS message asking the YEP’s army of readers to pull their production back from the brink.

Membership secretary Lynne Hill said: “We made a similar appeal for young actors a few years ago when we did Oliver! and we got a great response.

“We’ve spent quite a lot on the production already so if it couldn’t go ahead it would be a bit of a tragedy.”

Would-be Annies should be aged between seven and 12, although there will be leeway for the right candidate if needed.

Auditionees must be able to sing but stage experience is not required.

The society is also looking for a number of other girls, again aged around seven to 12, to be Annie’s pals at the orphanage in the show.

People who fancy helping the society with its piano headaches, meanwhile, should be “proficient” players.

For details on how to get involved, ring Lynne on 0113 206 5419 or 286 8802.

Volunteers can also attend rehearsals tonight (January 12) at the St Benedict’s Centre in Garforth, starting at 7.45pm, or next Tuesday at Garforth Methodist Church and again starting at 7.45pm.

HELPING HAND: Ben Wilson, MD at MPM, with Victoria Hopkins, MD at Hopkins Catering. PIC: Tony Johnson

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