Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Six Decades of Show-Stoppers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Six Decades of Show-Stoppers

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Byline: KAREN McLAUCHLAN

A TEESSIDE musical theatre group celebrates a very special anniversary this year.

It's now 60 years since Teesside Operatic Society first took to the stage.

Now known as Teesside Musical Theatre Company, the talented group will step out into the spotlight at Middlesbrough Theatre next week with their anniversary production - Me And My Girl.

It was in 1952 that Madame Greta Cook, inset, became the founder and musical director of the new Teesside Amateur Operatic Society.

The group performed for three years in St John's Hall before moving into the newly built Middlesbrough Little Theatre - now called Middlesbrough Theatre.

The original intentions were for the company to confine itself to Gilbert and Sullivan.

But after many years members decided to broaden their canvas.

More recently the society has performed a selection of musical shows from the famous operettas such as Die Fledermaus and Merry Widow and the very popular My Fair Lady. Some of the American musicals performed have included South Pacific, Carousel and Oklahoma.

In 2007 there was a change of name to Teesside Musical Theatre Company. The new moniker aimed to attract younger members.

It's a move which has proved very successful, as many of those same youngsters have gone on to performing arts colleges, where they are hoping to further their careers.

More recent productions have included West Side Story, Footloose and La Cage Aux Folles.

The 60th anniversary production of Me And My Girl will be at Middlesbrough Theatre from Monday, May 21 to Saturday, May 26.

The show features classic songs such as The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning On A Lamppost, Lambeth Walk and title song Me and My Girl.

Evening performances will take place Monday to Friday at 7. …

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