Happy days for bass player making his musical theatre debut

Ross Bannister performing as The Fonz in Happy Days
Ross Bannister performing as The Fonz in Happy Days

BASS player Ross Bannister is adjusting to a new genre of music after spending his formative years in the Derbyshire punk band Mybe.

BASS player Ross Bannister is adjusting to a new genre of music after spending his formative years in the Derbyshire punk band Mybe.

The leather jacket is still there but the trademark poker-face of a teenage punk has been replaced by the beaming smile of a rock ‘n’ roll-loving fictional icon.

Ross has been cast as The Fonz in rip-roaring musical Happy Days which hits the stage next week.

He said: “I usually do plays with Tudor Players in Sheffield and Ian, who’s directing the show, has asked me a few times to read for parts, but I have no history of musical theatre. I think he was struggling for someone to play The Fonz and he was pretty adamant that I should come down and read it.

“Aside from the fact that I get to be The Fonz, I liked the idea of putting myself way out of my comfort zone.”

Office worker Ross, 32, of Spital, Chesterfield, has learned a new skill too. He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever had to learn dance moves and it turns out that my brain is massively under developed. I’m getting it right, but at first it was like watching a surgeon perform a heart transplant then having to do it myself straight after. If I get all my moves right on show week, I’ll be very happy.”

Happy Days is presented by Splinters Theatre Company at the University Drama Studio, Sheffield, from October 1 to 5. Performances are at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.