Preview: Sweet Charity, Church Hill Theatre

Allegro cast members. Picture: Andrew Cowan
Allegro cast members. Picture: Andrew Cowan
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HEY big spender... spend a little time with local amateur musical company Allegro this week, as they bring Bob Fosse’s award-winning Sweet Charity, to the Church Hill Theatre.

Take a trip back to 1960s at the Morningside Road venue from 
tonight, for an evening of tie-die tops, kaftans, beehives and misadventures as gullible and guileless New York dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine dreams of 
finding the right man.

Company president Joni Smith says, “All of Allegro is looking forward to bringing Sweet Charity to life. As a committee we picked this show because it is the perfect mix and genuinely has something for everyone.

“Whether you are a singer or a dancer, Sweet Charity showcases talent and highlights what an amazingly strong cast Allegro really does have.”

For the singers in the company there are the classic musical numbers Big Spender, Rhythm of Life and If My Friends Could See Me Now, while the hoofers have the inspiration of the legendary Fosse to spur them on. “Bob Fosse was an extremely talented choreographer and director and the entire cast has worked hard to ensure we do his legacy justice,” says Smith.

Directed by Fraser Jamieson, the production team is completed by choreographer Caroline Howie and musical director Finlay Turnbull. Taking the title role is Emma Dawson, while Jonny Farley plays Oscar and Harry Dozier is Daddy. “We are itching to get on stage and can’t wait to bring the fun from rehearsals to an audience,” adds Smith.

“This is a high energy, fun filled show that is sure to leave everyone with a smile on their face at the final curtain.”

Sweet Charity, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee a 2.30pm), £10, http://allegro.ticketsource.co.uk/