Pickering Musical Society is all set to stage its spring time musical High Society next month.
Following the success of Calamity Jane last year, society stalwart Marcus Burnside will take the leading role of Dexter Haven made famous by Bing Crosby in the 1956 film.
And Jess Hebron is back on stage following a break to study at university – she will take the role of elegant socialite Tracey Samantha Lord known to many after being portrayed by Grace Kelly. Supporting roles Liz Imbrie and Mike Connor are played by society regulars Rachel Anderson and Stephen Temple.
The society also welcomes back Michael O’Brien to play the part of Uncle Willie while real life couple Linda & David Tester will play Mr & Mrs Lord.
Fresh from her role in the pantomime, Alice Rose will also take her first principle role in a musical playing Tracey’s mischievous sister Dinah.
The show is complemented by the music of Cole Porter and audiences will be treated to favourites such as Well Did You Evah, Let’s Misbehave and Little One.
High Society runs from May 2nd to May 6 with both matinee and evening performances on the 6th.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 01751 474833.
HIGH SOCIETY – SYNOPSIS
Tracy Lord is ecstatic about her impending marriage to George Kittredge, a successful industrialist. Soon, her ex-husband, Dexter, bounds in and informs the family that unless Tracy agrees to be photographed by two reporters from a celebrity magazine, they will print a story about Tracy’s estranged father, who is carrying on an affair with an exotic dancer.
Later, the reporters, Mike and Liz, arrive to be greeted by a very strangely costumed Dinah.
Tracy joins her and together they perform a bizarre song.
To further perplex the reporters, Tracy introduces her Uncle Willie as her father and her newly-arrived father as her uncle.
Later, at Tracy’s pre-wedding ball, Tracy hides from George and invites Mike to go skinny-dipping with her in the pool.
Meanwhile, Dexter has a heart-to-heart with Liz, who is fleeing the amorous uncle Willie, and she admits that she’s in love with Mike, even though he doesn’t know it. She promises Dexter that neither she nor Mike will write any stories about the Lords, even if it costs them their jobs. Then, George witnesses Mike carrying the comatose Tracy up to her room, and assumes the worst. The wedding day dawns with the bride hungover and the groom furious. George confronts Tracy and Mike, but Mike swears that he did nothing wrong. Tracy decides that she can’t marry George, no matter what. In the end, she and Dexter decide to re-marry.