What a Calamity for Brigg Operatic Society

Brigg Operatic Society pictured at rehearsals for this month's show. Trudi Jackson (front centre) who plays the star role of Calamity Jane is pictured in full voice. EMN-150710-173539001
Brigg Operatic Society pictured at rehearsals for this month's show. Trudi Jackson (front centre) who plays the star role of Calamity Jane is pictured in full voice. EMN-150710-173539001
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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Brigg Amateur Operatic Society production, the ever-popular Calamity Jane.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Brigg Amateur Operatic Society production, the ever popular Calamity Jane.

This is the third time the Society has presented the show, but the music of Sammy Fain ensures it remains as popular as ever.

The story is set in Deadwood City, Dakota Territory, in the second half of the 19th century and tells of the exploits of a hard drinking, gun-toting woman, who more than held her own in the rough and tough man’s world of that period.

The legendary Wild Bill Hickock is a regular drinker and card player in the Golden Garter Saloon, run by Henry Miller.

In an effort to drum up more business, Miller engages the services of a glamorous ‘actress’ named Frances Fryer, but due to a simple spelling error he gets Francis Fryer instead, a song and dance man.

Needless to say this nearly causes a riot in the saloon when a beautiful lady does not appear.

In an effort to help, Calamity rather unwisely promises to go to Chicago to engage the services of Adelaide Adams, the famous Music Hall star. She returns with the wrong person, of course, Katie Brown, Adelaide’s dresser.

Unfortunately both Bill Hickock and Danny Gilmartin, the man Calamity is secretly in love with, fall in love with Katie and that’s when things start to go wrong.

The demanding title role of Calamity Jane is played by the experienced Trudi Jackson, Wild Bill Hickock is played by Dan Busby, Lt Danny Gilmartin by Ashley Bateson, Katie Brown by Lisa Smith, Francis Fryer by David Phillips, Henry Miller by Rod Wheat, his daughter Susan by Kelley Gibbons, Doc Pierce by David Arrand and Adelaide Adams by Janine Carn (making her debut on the Brigg stage). Supporting roles are played by Colin Wells, Liam Fletcher, Peter Barnes, Felice Malaspina, Paul Newton and Steve Rands, all backed up by a very strong and experienced cast.

Secretary Gloria Barnes said: “Our ’back-stage’ crew remains largely unchanged with Maggie Brader as Director, Simon Percy as Musical Director and our Sound duties remain in the capable hands of Guy Hageman and Mike Westland. Yvette Butler continues as Front of House Manager and Mary Knaggs as our Accompanist whilst Ashley Bateson and Liam Fletcher continue as able deputies for the Musical Director and Accompanist when required.”

The show takes place at Westmoor Hall at The Vale Academy from Tuesday October 27 to Saturday October 31 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £8, £7 for the matinee, from Brigg Beds or 01724 330874.