Ellesmere Witches work their magic!

The Witches of Eastwick, Ellesmere Musical Theatre Company
The Witches of Eastwick, Ellesmere Musical Theatre Company
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Ellesmere Musical Theatre Company like a challenge.

They have presented such varied shows as last year’s sell-out Oliver!, classics Oklahoma and Me and My Girl, as well as less frequently performed gems like Billy and Chess.

This year they decided to take on The Witches of Eastwick, a new musical comedy based loosely on, but lighter and funnier than, the film of the same name.

But with only a week to go before rehearsals began, they were forced to start adapting all over again.

Unable to perform at their usual venue, they moved their production to the Blue Shed, off Brightside Lane. But, as the title suggests, this adaptable performance space is not a traditional theatre.

Ellesmere have had to adapt their staging, set, lighting and special effects to work in a different-shaped space.

With a membership covering all ages, from the wealth of experience of Mabel Delamore and Don Garlick have assembled in their 60-odd years each of performing, to relative newcomers like Antonia Santos- Cropper and Tom Hewitt, both in their second show with Ellesmere, every member of the company has thrown themselves into creating a sparkling show.

Direction is by Lee Hammonds, alongside music director Gavin Usher, who manages to fit rehearsals in around a busy career covering teaching young violinists to working with Opera North.

The Witches of Eastwick is being performed at venue off Brightside Lane from next Tuesday to Saturday, including a Saturday matinee. Tickets from G Mills, 0114 2364487 or go online to www.ellesmeremtc.co.uk.