New musical traces romantic story of Ruth from the Bible

REHEARSALS are well under way for a new musical relating the story of Ruth, the classic biblical romance, to be premiered in Sheffield in October by a group formed especially for the production.

Scriptwriter Stephen Swycher has updated the story slightly but kept the main characters as faithfully as possible to the original while introducing imaginary characters to illustrate the themes.

Music and lyrics are by Leslie Cass and the musical direction is in the experienced hands of Andy Collis of Manor Operatic Society.

The cast comprises members of drama and musical groups from across South Yorkshire including Charlotte Nimmo (Dore Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Intake Methodist Musical Society) playing the title role and Mike Cox (Dore Gilbert & Sullivan Society) as her lover, Boaz.

Graham Seaton (Denys Edward Players) plays Ethan, Susan Burns (Ecclesall Theatre Company) Naomi with John Atkinson and Pauline Benn (Denys Edward Players) providing a gentle comic element with the fictional characters Obadiah and Rebekah.

Brian Rosen (Dilys Guite Players) has designed the set and the narration will be spoken by Judith Moore (Ecclesall Theatre Company). Other members of various drama groups around Sheffield make up the cast under the direction of Gay Benjamin (formerly Wilfin) with Tony Womak in charge of choreography.

The venture will be staged under the name of the Kingfield Theatre Company on October 27-29 at the Kingfield Hall, Brincliffe Crescent, off Psalter Lane.

Opening night on the Tuesday is a gala reception attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress with an introduction by Sheffield impresario John Peller.

Tickets are 20 with proceeds going to MacMillan Cancer Support and medical charities, while admission on the other two nights is 10.

Joyce Flowers (2678744, l is handling bookings for the gala, while tickets for Wednesday and Thursday can be obtained from Kath Lawrence (2362758, toplawrence

FOR their 20th anniversary production Splinters Theatre Group are presenting classic musical 42nd Street this autumn.

Set in the 1930s, 42nd Street tells the story of a small-town teenage girl Peggy Sawyer who goes to New York determined to make it big on Broadway and features classic numbers such as We're in the Money and Lullaby of Broadway.

Playing Peggy is Emily McAvoy with Mark Holmes as the male lead.

Directed by Mark Harris with choreography by Carla Wade and musical direction by Hugh Finnigan, 42nd Street be on at the University Drama Studio from Tuesday-Saturday, October 6-10.

Tickets are 10/ 9 from 07910 251584 or email

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