IF REHEARSALS are anything to go by then theatregoers are in for a wow of a show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre next week.
The Witches Of Eastwick may mean more of a film to many than a musical, but Woodhouse Operatic Society is about to change all that.
A sneak preview of the company in rehearsal promised a show packed with music, dance and humour. What’s more, it’s all high- octane stuff.
The script crackles with witty one-liners, there are large- scale dance numbers and a musical score fizzing with big show tunes.
In other words, Woodhouse have taken on a huge challenge, but one that they seem to be relishing.
It helps that the company (all 34 of them) is bursting with talent. There are lots of familiar faces, many of them playing cameo roles, and plenty of new young performers too.
In the spotlight are a trio of female singers who play the witches of the show’s title.
And Woodhouse have put together singers Rebekah Sutcliffe (as Alexandra), Nicci Cooney (Jane) and Hayley Kenefick (Sukie), whose harmonies alone are surely worth the price of a ticket.
This trio of bored Eastwick ladies sip Martinis, eat peanut butter brownies and mull over their lives.
But they quickly discover the dangers of wishing when their girlie talk conjures up Darryl Van Horne, the charmer from hell.
Richard Sykes, who last year played the title role in Buddy for Woodhouse, returns in much more sinister form as the seducer with a truly wicked glint in his eye.
Expect big production numbers, big performances and more than a touch of raunch.
Honley High School teacher John Cotgrave, director of the Dick and Lottie productions at the LBT, directs the show and Caroline Robinson is the musical director.
Kathy Peters has the job of choreographing those big company numbers and filling the stage with movement and fun. And it works.
Performances start on Tuesday, March 4, and continue each evening until Saturday at 7.15pm.
There’s also a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.