Classic love story with belting songs from Capel St Mary’s Orchard Players

James Finbow and Charlea Burwood star in Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Playe

James Finbow and Charlea Burwood star in Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Players. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Time After Time, the latest summer show from the award-winning Orchard Players, is a simple love story, says writer and director Bex Nicholls.

The full cast of Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Players. Photo: Contributed

The full cast of Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Players. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Boy meets girl, she has to move away, they split up, boy goes to find her, girl’s dating someone else who’s horrible but it all works out she assures me.

The story is told through classic hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Pulling the show together was a big eye opener, laughs first-time director Bex, who’s been helped by Cheryll Burton and Linda Garrad, plus Orchard Players’ dependable musical director Maria King.

Bex has been with the Capel St Mary-based group for 23 years, starting off as a dancer before taking on choreography duties too.

She’s written small bits for another group but this is her first time scripting a full-length tale for the Players.

Bex Nicholls, writer and director of Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Players.

Bex Nicholls, writer and director of Time After Time, the latest production by the Orchard Players. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

“It took quite a while. I chose the songs first and fit the story around them. The original song line-up is not a lot like the final line-up. There were quite a few tweaks. There were so many songs from these two decades which were just amazing - I had like a list of about 50 songs.”

These include everything from September and Your Song to Ballroom Blitz and Footloose. Naturally, there’s a lot of dance numbers with six people putting the 30-strong cast of nine to 70 year olds through their paces.

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“It’s really difficult to put a show like this together. Rehearsals started back at the end of February and we’ve been solid at it ever since,” says Cheryll.

“I’ve pushed this cast really hard,” adds Bex, inspired by the musical Rock of Ages more than Grease. “There’s dancing, dialogue with lots of laughs, more than 30 songs...”

“The cast have worked so hard and I think that energy comes across. The show is so energetic, action packed; you come off stage and you’re gasping for breath.”

• Time After Time, by the Orchard Players, runs July 6-8 at Capel St Mary Village Hall. Tickets are £8 adults, £6 concessions and £5 children. They are available by calling 07933 292175.

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