There are so many things I should be doing this week in preparation for Christmas: food shopping, finding the tablecloth and ironing it, cleaning the house properly before my mother arrives on Sunday. All these things are being put on the back boiler because instead I have been sucked into the world of musicals yet again.
Although I’ve been part of the SADOS concert group for the last few months, it’s a couple of years since I’ve been involved in a full-blown musical production. The last one was in 2010, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Since then I have taken a couple of years off (resting, darling) and hadn’t planned to return to it just yet. But then I heard that the committee had changed its mind regarding the 2013 musical and instead of Jack the Ripper, which didn’t much float my boat, they have decided on the gloriously silly Acorn Antiques – The Musical.
Some of you will have no idea what I’m talking about and why I’m excited about this but many of you who watched Victoria Wood’s sketch shows in the mid 1980s will remember the spoof soap opera, with its wobbly sets, clunky dialogue and missed cues, and you’ll be smiling as you read this. Not everyone realises that Victoria Wood turned Acorn Antiques into a stage musical in 2005 and although it had mixed reviews, it was a sell-out for its short duration. The production had its faults so was re-written for the touring production and it’s this revised script which is now available for amateur groups to perform.
I have the script in front of me and it’s so funny that all thoughts of dusting have gone clean out of my head. I now have to consider which part to audition for. Here are the main female characters:
owner of Acorn Antiques – haughty, affected and sexually repressed. Originally
played by Celia Imrie.
but could be played by a younger actress. Large amount of dialogue. Excellent
acting and comedy skills with a good strong singing voice. Good mover.
with Mr Clifford but pining for him as he has lost his memory and can’t
remember that they were engaged! Smilingly desperate! Originally played by
Sally Ann Triplett.
Large amount of dialogue. Must have excellent singing voice and good comic
timing/acting and dancing skills.
be the mother of Miss Babs, Miss Berta and Miss Bonnie. Suffers from varicose
veins and haemorrhoids but believes all problems can be solved by a nice cup of
tea, a macaroon and an anecdote. Originally played by Julie Walters.
can be cast using a much younger actress. Large amount of dialogue. A demanding
but rewarding challenge for an actress who has great comic timing and a strong
singing voice. Required to move well. Comic timing is paramount. Brummie