Start summer early at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre from Wednesday March 30 with The Rattonians Youth Group’s production of Summer Holiday.
Packed with familiar tunes, the stage musical Summer Holiday started life in the 1963 film of the same name. It starred Cliff Richard and followed the successful The Young Ones the previous year.
The musical comedy contains songs from both of these films plus a few other Cliff Richard hits, but the story line follows that of the film and is an uplifting nostalgic look at life in 1963 when to travel to Europe was something special – particularly inside a red London bus.
Three London Transport bus mechanics, Edwin, Cyril and Steve, plan to go abroad to escape the British weather for their summer holiday – the trouble is they can’t afford it. However, Don, the leader of the group manages to persuade his bosses at London Transport to convert a bus and travel abroad in it.
Enlisting the help of the other depot mechanics, the transformation is carried out and off they go on their first trip to Europe.
Meanwhile, a young aspiring girl-singing group, Do Re Mi, lead by Una Stubbs in the movie, are on their way to Greece for their first singing engagement. Unfortunately their car isn’t quite up to the task and they are stranded in the middle of nowhere until, lo and behold, a red London bus appears and they are rescued.
There are many twists and turns in the story but ultimately a great fun nostalgic musical. With songs including, The Young Ones, Bachelor Boy, Living Doll and In The Country... every tune is a familiar one.
The Rattonian Youth Group is following in the footsteps of the seniors who produced the show in 2005 at the Congress. The Rattonians theatre group has over 25 years experience bringing professional standard shows to the Eastbourne stage and its Youth Section caters for the performing needs of over 80 youngsters from Eastbourne and surrounding area.
Mark Adams said, “It is lovely to see so many of the young performers, from 11 to 18, developing their skills and taking on the roles and one energetic dance routine after the other.”
Directed by Alex Adams, Choreographer Debbie Hackett, and Musical Director Rob Cousins, the show is great fun and produced by Mark and Melanie Adams giving it all the Rattonian credentials for a good night out.
Performances from Wednesday March 30 to Saturday April 2, 7.30pm, matinees Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets from box office 01323 802020.