A SOUTH Devon amateur dramatic society faces ‘financial ruin’ after seeing poor ticket sales to a £62,000 production about a show - which flops.
TOPS Musical Productions, one of the oldest amateur dramatic companies in Devon, says ticket sales ‘have dived’ for its forthcoming show The Producers.
It centres around two hapless Broadway producers who set out to fleece their backers by staging a guaranteed flop, the world’s worst and most tasteless musical, ‘Springtime for Hitler’.
“At £62,000 this will be the Society’s most expensive production to date” said Chairman Jeane Frost.
“We thought audiences would be keen to see the local premiere of this hilarious and colourful show.
“It enjoyed great success in both New York and London a few years ago.
“We have assembled an extremely talented cast and production team. Rehearsals have been going exceptionally well, but although we have the cash reserves to ensure that all our bills will be paid, unless ticket sales improve dramatically we will not be able to carry on next year.”
The society was founded in 1897 as Torquay Operatic Society and over the years has produced top quality shows. Its most recent major successes include Oliver and Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. TOPS has provided opportunities for members of the local community to experience the joy of performing in Torbay’s premier professional theatre whilst forming life-long friendships. Many members have gone on to forge careers in professional theatre – including Stephanie Clift who is currently appearing in Mamma Mia in the West End, Lauren Cuthbertson a current principal of The Royal Ballet and Glyn Kerslake who has had many leading West End roles and is to be appearing at the Princess Theatre next month in Three Phantoms.
Mrs Frost said “We are positive that the community of South Devon will show their support of our brave choice of show and help it to become a tremendous success thus ensuring that TOPS can continue to present top quality amateur shows for years to come.”
‘The Producers’ runs at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, from 24th – 28th September nightly at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30 on Saturday.