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TOPS look on bright side with two blockbusters

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

FLASHBACK:  Martin Poveda, left, and  Aaron Kitts in The Producers

FLASHBACK: Martin Poveda, left, and Aaron Kitts in The Producers

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AFTER almost losing everything on their last performance, TOPS Musical Productions are thrilled to announce they have secured the amateur rights to perform two blockbuster productions.

White Christmas, the musical based on the classic Bing Crosby film, will be performed at the Princess Theatre in November this year.

And in October, 2015, the society will be presenting Hairspray which recently had a hit run in the West End with Michael Ball in the role of Edna.

Chairman Jeane Frost said: "For a while we thought our production of The Producers last September was going to be our last, but the wonderful people of Torbay rallied around and showed their support.

"We still lost £18,000 on the show, but it did not put us out of business as we feared it would do at one point.

"In addition those who came to see The Producers thought it was the best show we had ever done and it won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association's District Achievement Award.

"We are so excited now to have secured the rights to these two fabulous shows.

"White Christmas is a timeless classic which will really get people in the holiday mood. Hairspray is fun and colourful and a wonderful opportunity to enable younger members of the society to demonstrate their amazing talents. We are all looking forward to the exciting times ahead for TOPS."

TOPS are currently rehearsing for a concert, 'Seasons of Love', at the Little Theatre on April 26 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

It features an eclectic mix of songs around the seasons of the year interwoven with comedy sketches linking with the great British weather.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £11 concessions available from the box office on 01803 299330.

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