From rags to riches
Maidenhead Operatic Society (MOS) presents The Card, a musical based on the novel by Arnold Bennett and made popular by the 1952 film starring Alec Guinness.
The show follows the career and exploits of self-made man Denry Machin, who wheels and deals his way from poverty to wealth and popularity.
The comic story is set near Stoke-on-Trent in the 1900s and charts Denry"s romantic encounters as well as his business ventures.
Luke Weston is directing the show and describes Denry as "a sort of Richard Branson character, but without the pullovers".
He said: â€Although the show is rarely performed by amateur societies, it has a fantastic score and a good mixture of chorus and principal work.â€
This is leading man Brandis Savizon"s first leading role, but Weston said he doubts anyone will believe it when they see his performance.
He added: â€There are a few parallels between Denry and Brandis, as Denry starts out as a book-keeper before he breaks the mould, and Brandis is an accountant in real life.â€
Weston has appeared in nearly 70 plays and musicals in the last 16 years and enjoyed directing The Card.
He said: â€The show should appeal to anyone who likes musical comedies, particularly shows like Me and My Girl and Half a Sixpence, and we are lucky to count some of the best local actors and singers in our cast.
â€It is also the chance to see one of the hidden gems of music theatre.â€
MOS needs an old-fashioned adult"s tricycle, preferably with a basket on the front, an old-fashioned head teacher"s desk and a couple of school desks with hinged lids for the production.
To lend the items call Delia Nicholson on 01189 402404.
For details on the show email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mos-uk.org