Lynn Corn Exchange to stage ‘Dreamboats’ sequel

Dreamboats and Petticoats stars: Elizabeth Carter as Laura and Alex Beaumont as Bobby
Dreamboats and Petticoats stars: Elizabeth Carter as Laura and Alex Beaumont as Bobby

Nostalgia, good music and a whole feel-good experience – that sums up Dreamboats and Miniskirts, which is heading for Lynn Corn Exchange.

This, of course, is the sequel to the smash hit Dreamboats and Petticoats, which was a sell-out at the venue last year.

Now the story and the music has moved on to 1963, with Bobby and Laura having another shot at stardom, perhaps inspired by the advent of The Beatles and the Mersey Sound.

The two leads in Dreamboats are Alex Beaumont who plays Bobby and Elizabeth Carter who plays Laura. Both have played their roles since Dreamboats and Petticoats, and are well versed in the story and the progression of their characters.

Ahead of the show at the Corn Exchange they spoke to the Lynn News and the success of Dreamboats, and this is what they had to say:

Q: What’s the secret behind the success firstly of Dreamboats and Petticoats and now Dreamboats and Miniskirts?

Elizabeth: It’s mainly the music. It transports people back to an era when live music was exciting and infectious.

Alex: I think its a combination of things really – great music, likeable characters and great comic writing.

Q: What can the King’s Lynn audience expect from this year’s show?

Alex: An experience that will transport them back to 1963.

Elizabeth: To have an uplifting evening where they can laugh, reminisce and sing along to many 60s classics.

Q: Have you any favourite songs?

Elizabeth: You Don’t Own Me. I’m lucky enough to perform this number and it’s a real girl power moment.

Alex: I go through phases of having a favourite, but I could never say for definite because I love them all!

Q: Dreamboats and Miniskirts takes us on a 1960s journey, so is it a show for all ages?

Alex: We have a lot of family audiences. There are references to the period but there’s enough else going on to entertain those of us who weren’t there the first time round. The music is timeless.

Elizabeth: Yes, anyone can enjoy this show.

Q: The advent of The Beatles and the Mersey Sound was inspirational, do you ever wish you could step back in time to sample some of those magical moments?

Elizabeth: Absolutely. We visited the Cavern Club when we were in Liverpool and the atmosphere was so exciting.

Alex: We were in Liverpool about two months ago and were lucky enough to visit The Cavern to shoot a promo video. It was incredible to see where it all started.

Q: What is it like taking the show around the country with a different venue each week?

Alex: It’s great to see so many different places. We really do live in a beautiful country.

Elizabeth: I really enjoy it. We get to explore and see many different places.

Q: Are there any new Dreamboats albums available?

Alex: There are two Dreamboats and Miniskirts albums currently available, “Summer in the City” and “Young and in Love”, but no cast recording yet though!

Q: And finally... Could there be a third show, perhaps Dreamboats and Hotpants?

Elizabeth: I don’t see why not! That would be great!

Alex: That sounds interesting!

Dreamboats and Petticoats opens at Lynn Corn Exchange on Monday, October 12, and continues to Saturday, October 17; performances are 7.30pm nightly with matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday.

For ticket details call the box office on 01553 764864 or visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk