Spectacular musical all set to make a real splash!

The Manor Operatic stars of Singin' in the Rain with West End star and former member Matthew Croke, left. Pictured are  James Smith, second left, Izzy Sykes and Jack Skelton
The Manor Operatic stars of Singin' in the Rain with West End star and former member Matthew Croke, left. Pictured are James Smith, second left, Izzy Sykes and Jack Skelton
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Sheffield’s Manor Operatic Society, renowned for their spectacular productions at the City Hall, are about to embark on another big show that they hope will be a ‘splash’ hit.

They are performing the award-winning musical Singin’ in the Rain and will definitely be turning on the ‘taps’ in more ways than one.

This is a tap dancing spectacular where the whole company have donned tap shoes to master the Hollywood routines like the famous Broadway Melody one.

Keeping up their reputation for staging the spectacular, they have hired a professional rain effect used in the UK tour and at the famous Radio City music venue in New York.

That will unleash approximately 1,000 gallons of water per show.

They have also released seats in the ‘splash zone’ near the stage so that the audience may get to sample a touch of rain and get to feel they are truly part of the show.

There is a promotional offer for tickets in the splash zone for the opening night, Wednesday May 10, at £10 each.

Just ring the booking line and quote ‘Splash, The Star’.

This offer is on a first-come, first-served basis for the first night only.

Singin’ in the Rain is of course based on the famous 1952 musical film comedy, starring Gene Kelly, who also directed and choreographed, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

It’s always named in lists of favourite screen musicals.

The story is set in early Hollywood in the 1920s, when the success of Al Jolson’s film The Jazz Singer forced the whole silent film industry to start producing ‘talkies’.

Star Don Lockwood finds his old Vaudeville song and dance skills coming into play as a period piece is turned into a musical halfway through shooting.

However, his co-star Lina Lamont has a terrible voice, forcing the studio to secretly dub her, using the voice of unknown chorus girl Kathy Selden.

Lina is furious and wants it all hushed up but Don and Kathy are in love and he is determined that she will get the credit she deserves.

The show is packed with well – known musical numbers such as Good Morning, Fit as a Fiddle and Make ’Em Laugh, as well as the famous title song.

With just three weeks to go, the cast had a VIP visit from Sheffield-born Matthew Croke, who performed in several Manor shows before heading off for the bright lights of the West End.

Matthew has just finished playing the part of Don Lockwood in the UK touring company production of Singin’ in the Rain.

He has now just landed the title role of Aladdin in Disney’s new musical, again in the West End, which he is set to start in June.

Linda Kelly from Manor Operatic said: “Matthew has always held Manor very dear to his heart and he has managed to squeeze in a visit to support his Manor friends perform in Singin’ in the Rain and it is fantastic to see where some of the talent from this city can head to.”

For tickets to the show, call the City Hall box office on 0114 2789789 or the ticket hotline 01709 365108 or go online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

Visit the MOS website on www.manoroperatic.com for more 
details.