MUSSELBURGH Amateur Musical Association have been entertaining the people of East Lothian for more than six decades now. At the Brunton Theatre this week they continue that tradition when they present their annual revue, the fund-raiser that allows them to stage their yearly full-scale production, which for 2014 is the ever popular Wizard Of Oz (runs 1-5 April).
Before that, however, they will be giving audiences a taste of what is to come in Revue 2014, which opens on Thursday and runs until Saturday.
This week’s programmes finds the 42-strong company and their eight-piece orchestra tackling show songs as well as a selection of popular numbers from down the decades.
Company spokesman Ali MacDougall says, “MAMA return to The Brunton with a fantastic selection of musical entertainment. The company, along with the production team, have been working hard over the last few months to produce the greatest Revue yet.
“Packed with favourite songs, including songs from hit Broadway and West End Musicals The Lion King, Beauty & The Beast and Rent, as well as classic numbers and recent hits from Michael Buble, Take That and Coldplay, there is something for all the family to enjoy,”
Act 1 opens with a section entitled Calypso Beat, which includes the Banana Boat, Part Of Your World from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King and Shake Senora, originally a hit for Harry Belafonte.
Rock n roll provides the second theme of the night, a Dreamboats & Petticoats selection bringing together The Platters’ hit The Great Pretender, the 1954 doo-wop hit Sh..boom (Life Could Be a Dream) and Oh Boy.
Nothing, if not versatile, the company then turn their attention to The Proclaimers, with a rendition of Sunshine on Leith, followed by the equally summery Beautiful Day, Everybody Dance Now and Shine, to bring the curtain down on the first act.
Marking the centenary The Great War, Act 2 opens with a collection entitled Wartime Memories, which will see classics of their day, such as White Cliffs of Dover, After the Ball, Whispering Grass and the Welsh lullaby Suo Gan, transport audiences back in time.
This year’s Revue is brought to an end with a series of anthemic numbers including the Slaves Chorus from Nabucco, Highland Cathedral and Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast. There will also be a sneak preview of their 2014 production with a rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
Something for everyone then.
MAMA’s new director, long-serving company member, Audrey Dixon is relishing her latest role, “There’s a real buzz within the company this year and we’re raring to get on stage,” she says. “I am so excited having been given the opportunity to direct and produce this year’s Revue. The company have been great and it has been an honour to be able to put my ideas on the stage. I cannot wait for show week.”
Revue 2014, Thursday-Saturday, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2pm), £9-£10, 0131-665 2240