Heacham’s Pocahontas Players to stage Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Meet the Seven Brothers: Front centre is Adam played by Tony Bishopp with the Brothers played by Warren Marshall. Tom Whybrow. Joshy Chilvers. Ryan Chilvers. Jack Parr. Ben Parr.
Meet the Seven Brothers: Front centre is Adam played by Tony Bishopp with the Brothers played by Warren Marshall. Tom Whybrow. Joshy Chilvers. Ryan Chilvers. Jack Parr. Ben Parr.
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It’s curtain up next week for comedy, catchy tunes and fast dance routines which all make up the popular musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, being staged by Pocahontas Players at Heacham Public Hall.

The director, Jeannie Tooley, said: “It’s been a lot of hard work but great fun – and it will show in the performances.”

Here come the Seven Brides: Millie played by Elaine Verweymeren (centre) with Abbie Marshall, Jemma Greef, Naomi Rix, Ria Tipple, Becca Whybrow and Sian Playford

Here come the Seven Brides: Millie played by Elaine Verweymeren (centre) with Abbie Marshall, Jemma Greef, Naomi Rix, Ria Tipple, Becca Whybrow and Sian Playford

This is first time Pocahontas Players have made a single musical the complete show and the cast with speaking parts will have microphones.

Props and scenery, taking you back to Arkansas 1850, have been produced by members of the cast and, for the first time, the audience will have tiered seating at the Public Hall.

Tony Bishopp as Adam Pontipee and Elaine Verweymeren as Milly take the lead parts, which were made famous by Howard Keel and Jane Powell in the award-winning film.

The six other brothers are played by Tom Whybrow (Benjamin), Warren Marshall (Caleb), Joshy Chilvers (Daniel), Ben Parr (Ethan), Ryan Chilvers (Frank) and Jack Parr (Gideon).

Their potential brides are played by Jemma Greef (Dorcas), Ria Tipple (Martha), Naomi Rix (Liza), Sian Playford (Ruth), Becca Whybrow (Sarah) and Abbie Marshall (Alice).

Jeannie Tooley, who has adapted the script is director and musical director, with Peter Everingham as assistant director and Jaime Parry in charge of choreography.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens next Friday, June 24, at 7.30pm, then on Saturday, June 25, there are performances at 2pm and 7.30pm; tickets at £8 are available from Janice Curtis on 01485 570402 and Jeannie Tooley on 01485 570280.