Labour of love

CURTAIN CALL Lesley Kraushaar, Bryce Glithero, Joyce Renner, Dennis Laycock, Kathy Wiggans, Richard Bryant, Susan Devaney, Nic Wilson, Liz McKenzie, Chris Gale, Dennis Todd.
CURTAIN CALL Lesley Kraushaar, Bryce Glithero, Joyce Renner, Dennis Laycock, Kathy Wiggans, Richard Bryant, Susan Devaney, Nic Wilson, Liz McKenzie, Chris Gale, Dennis Todd.

PLAYERS in a Derbyshire Dales group are making a song and dance about their upcoming show.

The production will tap into talents which don’t normally figure in theatrical work by High Tor Players.

Liz McKenzie, who is directing the show, said: “I wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone and get them singing. I’m lucky that I have got a group that can play to their strengths.”

The 11-strong ensemble features singers who regularly appear in G&S and operatic shows, such as Nic Wilson, Lesley Kraushaar and Susan Devaney, as well as Liz, a former professional singer.

“The show will be a mix of songs and spoken word, comedy and pathos – some bits are very funny, some bits are very poignant,” she said.

The ensemble production will be informally staged with cast members perched on stools in a semi-circle behind the main performer and accompanied by Dennis Todd at the piano. Said Liz: “When someone is doing their item, everyone is involved whether it be changing positions or singing together.”

The show, entitled Luvvier and Lustier, is to be staged in three different venues – Medway Centre, in Bakewell, on Thursday, April 7, at the Whitworth Centre, on Friday, April 8, and at Ashover Parish Rooms on Saturday, April 9, at 7.30pm.

Said Liz “It is so exciting doing it in different venues – it keeps people on their toes and it makes it fresh; it is like doing a first night every time. I liken it to street theatre – you just turn up and do it.

She added: “I chose the title Luvvier and Lustier because I thought it sounded quite theatrical.”

Liz co-directed a similar production, Love and Lust, for High Tor Players seven years ago.