Ladies’ night- but it’s not just girls allowed

Here come the girls, ready for a musical ensemble at the Maltings
Here come the girls, ready for a musical ensemble at the Maltings

Rather than putting her feet up after tackling Philip Pullman with The Maltings Youth Theatre, Wendy Payn is back in the director’s chair and ready to unleash some real girl power.

The ‘Opening Night Productions’ string to her bow has already given us ‘Rent’ and ‘Calendar Girls’ and now audiences prepare yourselves because ‘Here Come The Girls’.

The lovely ladies in question are a bevvy of talented females who are no strangers to The Maltings stage. Their task for the evening is to get their vocal chops around a veritable smorgasbord of songs.

Wendy has cherry picked some great songs from both the theatre and the pop charts for her setlist so audiences can expect to travel from ‘Chicago’ to ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ with some added Spice along the way.

The cast who have all taken on all manner of roles individually, are working together for the first time and although they have lots of lines to learn and moves to perfect before curtain up next Friday, going along to a rehaearsal on Monday it was clear they were having a lot of fun.

“It’s really great to be working in a group like this,” ‘Sweet Charity’s Kirsty Jamieson commented.

“We’ve been having a really good laugh at rehearsals ; it’s quite scary to think the show’s only a week away now though

“There’s a really good mix of songs; we’re like Jacks of all trades.”

“The youngest member of the cast, Katie Hindmarsh has had the gauntlet well and truly thrown down for her, with Bond theme ‘Skyfall’.

But Katie, last seen as Mrs Coulter in ‘His Dark Materials II’ said she was looking forward to putting her own spin on the Brit Award winning single.

“It’s a very powerful song and being the most recent song in the show it’s one that a lot of people know.

“I’m trying not to do a copy of Adele, I want to do it my way with a flavour of other Bond songs.”

After not just 20 years away from the stage but from Berwick itself after moving to America, Nicola Salonsky is looking forward to getting into her musical stride once again.

“I’m really excited to be working with Wendy again,” she enthused.

“I’m doing ‘Downtown’ by Petula Clark and Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock and Roll’- I’m going to wear my mother’s leather trousers on stage!

“I wouldn’t say being in America has changed my music taste at all- it’s still the same as it ever was!

“I wouldn’t mind taking the show on an American tour- watch out Broadway!”

Nicola’s castmates Alison Fergie, Lisa Summers and Diane Renner also have their fair share of solos.

Having played the role in ‘Bugsy Malone’ a few years ago, Alison is getting back in flapper mode to sing ‘Tallulah’, as well as belting out Freda Payne’s ‘Band of Gold’.

Lisa is also going back to familiar territory by revisiting ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ from ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ while Diane will be treating audiences to The Supremes’ ‘Where Did Our Love Go’.

‘Here Come The Girls’ hits the stage on Friday, July 26.