One of the Creakes Drama Group’s stalwarts, Harry Studd, faces a doubly challenging role when he plays identical twins.
Harry appears as Hugo and Frederic in French playwright Jean Anouilh’s Invitation to the Castle, translated for the English stage in 1950 by Christopher Fry as Ring Round the Moon, at the Creakes Village Hall.
The first performance was at the Globe theatre in London and starred Paul Schofield, Claire Bloom and Margaret Rutherford.
Director Ray E Smith said: “It’s a charade with music and basically about loves and lives lost and found. It’s a play I’ve always wanted to do.”
It’s the first time he has produced one of the group’s productions but comes to the job with an impressive pedigree.
He taught drama in schools for some years and has been a member of both the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Local Education Authority drama advisory teams.
In retirement he joined the Granary Theatre in Wells and founded the Granary Players, directing many of their productions as well as acting as lighting technician.
The 18-strong cast includes first-timers on stage Rosa Maria Sanchez Garcia, a local primary school teacher, and Joan Joyce, who directed the group’s New Year pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.
She, perhaps somewhat confusingly, plays Capulet, a name better remembered in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers.
It’s a cast sprinkled with some colourful names such as Diana Messerschmann (Karen Atkins), Madam Desmortes (Judith Kilbourn), Lady India (Sally Wiskin) Romainville (Richard Tree).
The first performance of the play was last night and it continues tonight and tomorrow, with a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £10.
The box office number is 07818 696 660.
“As a new member of the Creakes Drama Group I quickly found it to be one of the most friendly, enthusiastic and hardworking group I have ever worked with,” said Ray during a break in dress rehearsals last weekend.