TORQUAY Operatic Society was founded in 1897 and is still going strong all these years later.
The amateur theatre group is gearing up to perform the hit musical The Producers.
The Tony Award-winning show will be performed at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, from September 24 to 28.
The Producers is based around the character of Max Bialystock, a down-and-out Broadway producer whose latest work flopped on opening night.
Max, plagued by his former success and scrabbling to stay afloat, experiences a change in fortune when downtrodden accountant, Leo Bloom, discovers there is money to be made in Max's theatrical failure.
As a result, the two formerly defeated businessmen form an unlikely union with the goal of creating the world's worst musical.
The plot develops as the duo enlists the help of ridiculous and often farcical characters along the way.
As a result of the characters' combined brainpower and ludicrous behaviour, Spring Time for Hitler is born on Broadway.
Martin Poveda, from Harbertonford, plays leading man Max Bialystock.
Martin says: "He's a famous Broadway producer who has fallen on hard times and he's a bit of a conman who sleeps with old ladies to get money for his next show. He's a loveable rogue."
The amateur actor, who works as a teacher at a secondary school in Plympton, said rehearsals are going well.
"We've enjoyed a few weeks of floor rehearsals and it's all going to plan and the music and singing are great.
"What makes the show work even better is the chemistry between the cast."
The 44 year old said the production isn't for the faint hearted.
"If anyone has seen anything before by Mel Brooks they know it's near the knuckle, but at the same time will make you cry with laughter," said Martin.
"It takes the mickey out of Jewish people, Nazis and gay people, but it is all very tongue-in-cheek with no offence meant."
Martin started out in acting after going to see a pantomime with his daughter and got dragged into his village panto and since then he's not looked back.
"Being in a production can take over your life for a time," he said.
"Now I'm involved in every other show instead of every one, as I need to see my family too and have to work."
One of his favourite roles to date was in Oliver!
"I played Bill Sykes, which was fun and I loved the darkness of the character," he said.
He's been involved in TOPS for five years and can't praise the society enough.
"They do well with fundraising and aren't afraid to spend money to produce a quality show," he said.
"We're like a big family."
Civil servant Aaron Kitts plays accountant Leo Bloom in his first production with TOPS.
"Leo is a shy nervous character who has a dream to be a Broadway producer. When he meets Max he seizes the chance," said Aaron.
He said a 'friend' twisted his arm to join the society and he's enjoying it so far.
"I used to sing when I lived in Cornwall and took a break when I moved to the area. It's good to be back now," said Aaron, 26.
"There's a lot of talented people in TOPS. We're all having fun and laughing a lot at rehearsals at the comedy in the show.
"It's demanding as we are rehearsing four or five nights of the week and going straight from work, to handing out leaflets helping to promote the show and then going on to rehearsals, but it's all worth it in the end.
"I truly believe it's the funniest musical out there as there isn't a moment without a gag."
Holding the production together is Joe McNulty as the director.
He said: "Rehearsals are going well and I'm very impressed with the society.
"I left Torquay for Exeter 11 years ago and it's good to be back.
"I'm glad I did come back and I would like to direct more here now.
"We have super, talented cast who work extremely hard and want to invest, I believe this show is costing upwards of £65,000.
Joe, who lives in Exeter, first saw the show The Producers on Broadway.
"It is hysterical,I think anyone who comes will have a bundle of laughs," he said.
"The comedy has been a little challenging, but the cast have done very well."
He's had a busy time of late and has recently directed shows in Exeter including Sound of Music, Calendar Girls and Guys and Dolls.
When not directing, he runs his own theatre learning and development company.
"My job isn't dissimilar to my hobby out of work," he said.