WOODHOUSE Operatic Society desperately needs a dummy!
And before anyone out there unkindly states the obvious the dummy in question is a ventriloquist's dummy.
For members of the Lindley WMC-based society are in the final throes of rehearsals for this year's production of popular musical Bugsy Malone.
It goes on at the Lawrence Batley Theatre from Tuesday, March 14, to Saturday, March 18.
And one small scene in the first act demands a ventriloquist, complete with dummy!
"An important part of the story involves several inept performers, which include singers, dancers, a magician and a ventriloquist act, trying to impress the producer at a Broadway theatre," said society spokesman David Lockwood.
"We have singers and dancers in abundance. None of which are inept, I hasten to add. But trying to find a ventriloquist's dummy is posing a few problems for the props department.
"If anyone in town has an old ventriloquist's dummy they would be willing to lend us for a week or so we would be ever so grateful.
"It doesn't have to be anything specific, either gender of any age would do. It needn't be in great condition either.
"Although it's only used once in the show, for a couple of lines during one scene, and would be carefully looked after, accidents have been known to happen on stage.
"So obviously we wouldn't want to risk using somebody's prized heirloom that is worth a lot of money.
"Props people are pretty good at making things generally, but a vent's dummy is a different proposition. So we do really need the real McCoy."
Ideally, the company would like the use of a dummy for the last couple of rehearsals before moving to the LBT for the technical rehearsal on Sunday, March 12, and then obviously every night for that following week.
If anyone feels they are able to help the society they can contact chairwoman Conise Lockwood on 01484 322868.