Bearsden singers prepare for big day out

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Talented Bearsden residents are preparing to trade their day jobs for centre stage in hit musical The Wedding Singer.

Marion Ritchie and Amy McGregor will be among nearly 40 performers bringing the award-winning musical to life at Eastwood Park Theatre.

Set in 1985 the show will see musical theatre group The Minerva Club rewind to leg warmers, shoulder pads and huge hair, when rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée, Linda, dumps him at the altar Robbie decides to make every wedding he gigs as disastrous as his own. Can sweet-natured Julia and her cousin Holly lure Robbie back into the limelight? Or will she head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glen?

Retired IT trainer turned full-time carer Marion (62) has been a Minerva Club member since she was 17 and is now the club’s Vice President.

She said: “It’s a new show that not many people have seen on stage before. It’s full of fantastic 80s music and it’s very energetic. It’s a lot of fun and for many people the 80s is their era, so they will have a great time watching it.”

Former Boclair Academy pupil Amy (24) who is now a full-time actor, joined The Minerva Club just this year.

She said: “I absolutely love 80s music so I’m finding the show great fun. I have done a lot of kids shows before but musical theatre is my passion, and I’m really loving all the dancing. I can’t wait for show week.”

Minerva Club President, Colette Dunsmore – herself a club member for 30 years – added: “The Wedding Singer is a new show that not many people will have seen before, and for anyone for whom the 80s is their era the music and costumes are just great. I’m really pleased with how rehearsals are going and would encourage anyone to come and see this fun-filled production.”

The Wedding Singer will be on at Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, from Tuesday 8 November to Saturday 12 November. Tickets cost £13-£16 and are available from any cast member, by emailing tickets@theminervaclub.com or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/147467.

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