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Strike Up The Band

Book by George S. Kaufman
Music and Lyrics by George & Ira Gershwin

21st to 29th November 2014

The Playhouse, Cheltenham

Directors

Stage Director: Mavis Boulton
Musical Director: Sue Black

Principals

Horace J. Fletcher - David Roberts
Joan Fletcher - Rachel Prudden
Jim Townsend - Paul Scott
Mrs. Draper - Lesley Hendrie
Anne Draper - Sarah Aston
Timothy Harper - Jack Overington
Colonel Holmes - David Manifold
C. Edgar Sloane - Malcolm Webb
George Spelvin - Samuel Taunton

Chorus

Ladies

Helen Alderton
Bronwen Carless
Tessa Champion
Lisa Crowhurst
Sarah Eliot
Jeanie Flint
Penny Lewis
Liz Nixon
Maggie Preston
Kirsten Schofield
Pat Schofield
Jo Scriven
Sheryl Walpole
Polly Webb-Hale

Gentlemen


Dai Barker
Alan Flint
Richard Schofield
Fred Symes

 

All is farcical in love and war when Horace J Fletcher (of Fletcher’s American Cheese Co) convinces the US Government to declare war on Switzerland for protesting against a tax on imported cheese. Throw in two pairs of star-crossed lovers, an overbearing mother, corrupt officials, and a man who seems to have stepped out of a Marx Brothers movie, and you have a side-slitting romp that takes a satirical swipe at almost every American institution there ever was.

The Gershwins take on Gilbert & Sullivan at their own game in this hilarious musical comedy whose magnificent score includes The Man I Love and the title number.

 

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