IT looked as if the show might not go on when leading lady Ellen Ball was taken ill and had to pull out of ‘Guys and Dolls’.
But the day has been saved by Christine Shoesmith, no stranger to the Brighouse stage, who has stepped in at the last minute to take the role of Sergeant Sarah Brown in Brighouse Theatre Productions’ show which runs until Saturday, October 15.
Ellen of Meltham, Huddersfield, had been working hard on learning her part and attending rehearsals but, when she needed hospital treatment two weeks before the show, she decided to step down for the sake of her health.
Fortunately 37-year-old Christine, of Ossett, was available to join the company at short notice and managed to learn the role in 10 days. She said: “I’ve been looking forward to the challenge. It’s an opportunity to play a different kind of role than those I’ve been used to.”
At Brighouse Theatre Productions’ annual meeting Robert Longward, previously treasurer, was elected president. He said: “The society’s membership has been steadily falling over the last few years and my main objective is to try and increase membership especially in the teenage, 20s and 30s range. Perhaps we also need to put on more modern shows to bring in new audiences.”
National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards were given to Jean Ramsden, Mike Ramsden, Robert Longward, Jennifer Normanton and June Longward.
Youth awards were made to Emily Bowers, Victoria Taylor, Aimee Binns, Ashley Hudson, Olivia Midgley and Harriet Oakland. The Frank Hartley Cup was awarded to Lynn Taylor and BTP’s production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ won the Calderdale award for best pantomime.
‘Guys and Dolls’ is at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets are available from the Civic Hall or from 01484 402435.