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Tin Pan Ali

PUBLISHED: 11:01 31 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013

Dolphins Dramatic Society Youth Group: 'Tin Pan Ali' production

Dolphins Dramatic Society Youth Group: 'Tin Pan Ali' production

From February 10 to 12 the Dolphins Dramatic Society's new Youth Group will be staging a very special production in Tetbury

'Tin Pan Ali': February 10-12 at Dolphins Hall, New Church Street, Tetbury


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This year the Dolphins Dramatic Society has started a new venture: The Dolphins Dramatic Society Youth Group. Thirty-five children will be staging a musical called Tin Pan Ali, with three adults from the Society: John and Jenny Rees directing and Sue Evans choreographing

As the cold winter nights draw in, what better way to lift your spirits than enjoy watching a talented and enthusiastic cast of children perform the musical Tin Pan Ali? The Dolphins Youth Group is a new and exciting venture, started to encourage acting amongst Tetbury area children.

Director John Rees says, While children have often taken part in the Societys shows, we wanted to give them the opportunity to shine in a production of their own.

So whats Tin Pan Ali about? Well, its the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves but set in 1920s prohibition era Chicago. Ali Baba is a poor street-sweeper and his brother, Kassim, is a wealthy businessman. The 40 thieves are now inept gangsters, self styled as the Chicagorillas and led by mob boss Haroun Al Carooni. Their trademark is a spotty bow tie and they operate in two rival gangs, the Heavies and the Tinies. The gangsters stash their ill-gotten gains in a back street warehouse and the only key is held by the caretaker, Sesame.

The cast is 35 strong and ages range from eight to 17, says John. We wanted an inclusive production which gave every child a chance to stand in the spotlight. In this respect, the show is ideal; there are 16 principal parts with minor cameo roles for the rest of the cast.

We have been asked several times whether we regret taking on such a mammoth task. Absolutely not! When you stand in rehearsal and watch the children put together a scene with exuberance and expression, it is so rewarding. We are sure that our audiences will also be caught up in the childrens infectious enthusiasm. Please get your tickets and make sure you are also part of this show and the memories it will create.

And just how have they managed to get such an ambitious project off the ground?

A venture like this needs support in all areas, continues John. However, we are particularly indebted to the Feoffees and the Jack Lane Trust for providing some funding and the Tetbury Music Festival in helping us to secure this.

The show is being performed at the Dolphins Hall, New Church Street, Tetbury. Tickets are available from Russells Dry Cleaning on Long Street, Tetbury, and are priced at 9 for adults and 5 for concessions. There are three evening performances, from Thursday, February 10 to Saturday, February 12 together with a Saturday matinee. Curtain up at 7.30pm (2.30pm for the matine).

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