New technology will help bring the spirits to life’

PUBLISHED: 16:36 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

THE lure of period costumes, the charm of Dickens England and the wonders of technology have led Sidmouth s Youth Theatre director to bring Scrooge the Musical to the Manor Pavilion once again.

THE lure of period costumes, the charm of Dickens' England and the wonders of technology have led Sidmouth's Youth Theatre director to bring Scrooge the Musical to the Manor Pavilion once again.

Under Angela Davies' direction, the show was a hit with town audiences in the late nineties and will return when a cast of 70 tell the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge's journey of self discovery, helped by cutting edge technology in stage effects.

In a move away from the American influences of recent productions, Angela was keen to return to the rich narrative of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.

In an ambitious move for the youth theatre, the latest in stage effects will be used to project characters, including Ghostly Marley, on to an animated backdrop as the 'live' action unfolds on the stage.

Angela said: "We are really enjoying using the new technology to bring a fresh slant to the show. One of the great things about Scrooge is that, while the story is largely carried by one person, there are lots of tiny cameo roles which give the younger cast members the chance to have a few lines.

"There will be snow on the stage and the opening is a tableau, much like a Christmas card scene.

"The production is very Dickensian in style, with lots of crowd scenes and fantastic period costumes."

Stephen Horton (Pop in We Will Rock You and Bosun Arras in Return to the Forbidden Planet) takes the role of Scrooge with rising Youth Theatre star Archie Bagwell as Tiny Tim.

For Archie's mother Heather, who is helping backstage, being involved with the production is a trip down memory lane - she starred with the youth theatre under Angela's direction in 1985!

Rehearsals began in mid-November and the hard work will culminate on Monday, February 2, opening night, at 7.30pm. The show runs until Saturday, February 7, with a matinee and an evening performance that day. Tickets (priced £10 and £5 for under 16s) are on sale at Sidmouth College and Tasty Baguette, in Dove Lane. Friday and Saturday night performances have already sold out.


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