Bart’s Blitz! all set for Trinity Arts Centre

Blitz audtions held by Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society at the St Thomas Catholic Church  (G110621-2b)
Blitz audtions held by Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society at the St Thomas Catholic Church (G110621-2b)

AN explosive show is promised at the Trinity Arts Centre when Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society holds its brand-new production in September.

The operatic troupe has once again pulled out all the stops and decided, instead of hosting an Autumn concert to host another musical Blitz!

The show, penned by Lionel Bart, is set in the 1940s East End of London as the city is taking a pounding from Hitler’s bombs.

Life, however, goes on - centring around the matriarchal Mrs Blitzein (Liz Roberts) and her large family, especially her petty criminal son Harry (Alan Trevor) and her beautiful daughter Carol (Sarah Norvock).

Carol falls in love with Georgie Locke (Adam Saunby) - the son of Alfie Locke (Ashlie Wingham). And with an ongoing feud between Mrs Blitztein and Alfie Locke, matters soon become much more interesting.

They all fight their own battles with neighbours and authorities alike through many situations, many humorous, some tragic, and eventually find their own individual peace.

Providing scope for a large cast, it features many hit songs including The Day After Tomorrow, Who’s This Geezer Hitler and Mums and Dads.

Show spokesman Joanna Simpson said Bart drew on his experiences of living in London during the Second World War to paint a vivid picture of how relentless German bombing scarred both the city and its people.

The operatic society have recently been busy on the lookout for children to star in the show, holding auditions at St Thomas’ Catholic Church.

The cast of 24 children and 30 adults have started rehearsing under the guidance of professional producer Greg Snape and musical director Gerry Mooney and are well on the way to mastering the show’s numbers – ready for choreographer Brent Grantham-Rae to add his masterly touch.

Joanna thanked the children for giving such fantastic auditions.

“We think this is a great opportunity for them to experience the excitement of putting on a full-scale show, and we know they’re going to do brilliantly,” she said.

Performances run from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th September.

Tickets are now available from the Box Office by calling 01427 676655 or visiting Tickets priced £10 each, family tickets are available for the Saturday matinee at £35.