Preview: MAMA Revue 2015, Brunton Theatre

MAMA production of Annie The Musical'. Pic: Comp
MAMA production of Annie The Musical'. Pic: Comp
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MUSSELBURGH Amateur Musical Association, best known in East Lothian as simply MAMA, return to The Brunton later this month with their annual revue, which, this year, is unsurprisngly entitled Revue 2015.

Boasting a packed programme of music there is something for everyone in this year’s offering, which sees the company perform a selection of popular numbers, including songs from hit Broadway and West End musicals such as The Lion King and Rent, as well as classic numbers such as Just Help Yourself, I Say A Little Prayer and Abba’s The Winner Takes It All.

Bringing the programme more up to date you can also expect to hear MAMAs tackle Olly Murs’ No 1 single Dance With Me Tonight, a Take That medley, and two of the best known numbers from Disney favourite Frozen.

MAMA’s director, long-serving member Audrey Dixon is relishing her second year in charge and says, “It’s been an another exciting, yet challenging year with a complex but superb programme.

“The company, along with the production team, have been working hard over the last few months to produce the greatest Revue yet.”

The Revue is an important date on the MAMA calendar; the proceeds raised from the performances go some way towards funding the company’s spring production, which this year runs 7-11 April and is Guys And Dolls.

Company Vice President Mark Becher explains, “The Revue, apart from providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase the talent across our company and entertain our audiences, is also very important for us in raising funds to help us meet the considerable costs of mounting our annual musical production in April. Without this, it simply would not be possible to meet the ever increasing costs, such as for the hire of the theatre, scenery, costumes etc.”

MAMAs was born in the autumn of 1950, out of the desire of a few members of staff at the Musselburgh and Fisherrow Cooperative Society to perform for their peers.

Together with friends, they discussed forming a company to stage a musical, at the time a popular and expanding form of entertainment.

That meeting led to the core group to recruit local talent for a production of A Country Girl, which opened in the spring of 1951 - the Cooperative Musical Association came into being. The name was later changed to Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association.

A Country Girl opened at Stoneyhill Community Centre in April 1951, now, more than 60 years on, the company have performed every spring since.

In the latest Revue members who have been with the company for many years perform alongside talented youngsters, and all those who have joined in between.

However, there will be one regular face missing, that of Gordon Brown, who died recently.

Company spokesman Ali MacDougall says, “This Revue is dedicated to one of our longest serving members and dearest friends Gordon Brown. Gordon was a big part of the company and filled many important roles both on and off the stage. He was involved for more than 30 years and will be a huge loss.

“Gordon, a Musselburgh resident for a huge proportion of his life, loved his town and particularly being involved with amateur dramatics. Having retired early from Standard Life he was always keen to get involved with local projects as was apparent in his caring nature.

“Sadly Gordon lost a courageous battle with leukeamia in October last year. A huge loss to everyone who ever knew him.”

Revue 2015, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 15-17 January, 7.30pm (Matinee 2pm), £10, 0131-665 2240