Musical Society return to the stage

This April and May, Fortwilliam Musical society will present the spectacular musical “Sweet Charity” in Theatre at the Mill and Belvoir Studio Theatre.

Sophie Patterson stars in Fortwilliam Musical Society’s upcoming production of Sweet Charity
Sophie Patterson stars in Fortwilliam Musical Society’s upcoming production of Sweet Charity

After their recent highly successful run of ‘Calamity Jane’, the award-winning society return to the stage once more to bring you one of the most famous shows by the legendary Bob Fosse with a hilarious script by the incomparable Neil Simon.

The show follows Charity Hope Valentine and her turbulent love life. In its initial run, it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and took home the statue for Best Choreography.

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Ciara Bowman, Musical Director, said: “The musical boasts incredible songs with familiar tunes like “Big Spender”, “Rhythm of Life” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now”. It has been so fun working on these numbers with the cast and we can’t wait to share them with audiences,”

Charity will be played by the talented Sophie Patterson, who also took the leading role of Calamity in “Calamity Jane” last year. Sophie is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham where she studied Drama and English Literature and has performed in productions of Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and Sweeny Todd.

Her love interest Oscar will be played by the outstanding Billy Harvey. Billy studied Musical Theatre in London and has been in shows such as Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Priscila: Queen of the Desert.

Director Kerry Rooney said: “I am thrilled to be back working with Fortwilliam, there’s so much talent, enthusiasm and fun in this company. I am also delighted to be bringing Sweet Charity to the stage, it’s an incredibly witty, heartfelt and touching piece with some of the best songs in all of musical theatre. We’ve got an outstanding cast and it’s certainly going to be something very special.”

The musical will take place in Theatre at The Mill from April 28 – 30, followed by performances in Belvoir Studio Theatre from May 20 – 21.