Cromer curtain goes up on feathers and glitz of Copacabana this weekend

Copacabana showgirls - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Copacabana showgirls - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society - Credit: Archant

Showgirls, feathers, glitz and the pulse of Latin music are the heady cocktail being served up in an annual flagship musical at Cromer pier.

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society - Credit: Archant

Copacabana, which opens this weekend, is a new departure for the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society.

It flits between the 1980s and 1940s as aspiring songwriter Tony heads back in time in his imagination, and to the glamorous Copacabana and Tropicana nightclubs in Manhattan and Havana.

The 32-strong cast is tackling a 'huge dance spectacular' said director Chrissie Robertson.

It demands a 20-strong dance troupe including seven showgirls - and a rainbow of colourful costumes.

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society - Credit: Archant

'Our shows normally open with a big number followed by a bit of dialogue. But the first eight pages of Copacabana involve three big musical numbers.

'There are showstopper songs, and some of the hardest dancing we have ever done - so it is a lot of hard work.'

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Mrs Robertson said the society had done a series of popular well-known musicals such as Oliver and the Sound of Music in recent years to help grow its funds, so there was now a chance to do 'something different.'

It auditioned for the key dancing parts in the Barry Manilow-penned musical and was thrilled by the level of applicants, who are being choreographed by Carol Beatty.

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Copacabana - Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society - Credit: Archant

The key roles see Paul Allum as songwriter Tony Forte, and Annabelle Abendroth as his wife, who becomes showgirl Lola in the 1940s.

Matt Scantlebury is 'baddie' Rico, and Claire Reynolds Conchita his girlfriend and star of the Tropicana.

Nick Bird is club owner Sam Silver, and Andrea Wilson pl;ays cigarette seller Gladys Murphy.

Mrs Robertson said the music was a mix of blues and Latin salsa - with some lavish full feather costumes.

Copacabana runs from May 23-30 at the Pier Pavilion. Contact the box office on 01263 512495 or www.cromer-pier.com

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