LEISURE: Octagon stages musical comedy at the Swan Theatre
THE manager of the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil will be going from backstage to treading the boards in a show to help raise money for a local charity.
Adam Burgan, arts and entertainment venues manager of the Octagon and the newly-refurbished Westlands Entertainment Venue, will be appearing in an amateur production of an off-Broadway musical at the Swan Theatre in Yeovil later this month.
The musical – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – will be performed at the Swan Theatre from Tuesday, July 25, 2017, through to Saturday, July 29, 2017.
PHOTO - TOP: Cast members (from left) Adam Burgan, Cameron Isherwood, Jennifer Holland-Brewer and Ellie Driver during a rehearsal.
The production will be run by staff at the Octagon Theatre and the cast will feature local names from numerous amateur production companies. It will also be fundraising for the Foyer Club which is a voluntary organisation which provides great support to the Octagon.
The musical contains just four cast members – two men and two women.
Adam will be joined on stage by Jennifer Holland-Brewer and Ellie Driver, known to many from their performances with Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society, and Cameron Isherwood who performs regularly at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater.
Matthew Holmes joins the team as musical director, with Sean Welsh, operations manager at the Octagon and Westlands, heading up the production team.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is ‘a hilarious musical revue’ taking the format of a series of scenes and songs all about romantic relationships: beginning with awkward first dates and progressing through marriage, children and into later life.
As well as the comedy throughout there are some charming poignant moments that many people can relate to – making the show an audience favourite.
Sean Welsh said: “Here at the Octagon we are really excited to have the opportunity to present this musical at the Swan Theatre.
“It’s a lovely venue that will work particularly well with this funny and cheeky musical. The cast and crew are in place and rehearsals are now starting – it’s certainly looking to be a great production that will raise money for the Foyer Club charity.”
The key reason for this production is to fundraise for The Foyer Club: the team of volunteers who dedicate hours of their time to supporting the Octagon Theatre through front of house stewarding duties and three yearly mail outs of 20,000 seasonal brochures for the venue. As well as this work, the Foyer Club regularly fundraise for the theatre in order to help the venue to progress and develop.
Tickets for the show are available via the Octagon Theatre box office on 01935-422884, via the website at www.octagon-theatre.co.uk or in person at the theatre.
PHOTOS: Rehearsal pictures supplied by the Octagon Theatre.