By Graham Chalmers
With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War coming up this year, Harrogate Phoenix Players are doing their bit to commemorate the event with their new production Sing As We Go later this month.
Written by members of the society, the show at Harrogate Theatre pays tribute to the bravery of those who have fought for their country in conflicts throughout the last 100 years and acknowledges the strength of the families and friends who supported them at home.
The first act is set in an Edwardian Music Hall and offers a cornucopia of songs, dances and recitations watched by young Ellie as she waits with her mother for her father to return from the Front.
Time moves on in the second act to the 1940s. The Music Hall has been turned into a Dance Hall where Ellie, now a grown woman, meets a handsome G.I.
Once again she will be left waiting anxiously for loved ones to return.
The audience is encouraged to dress in costume from either era and join in with the singing and flag waving in an enthusiastic display of nostalgia and patriotism. Song sheets and flags will be available.
To continue the Harrogate Phoenix Players’ support for serving and Ex-Service personnel, a donation from every ticket sold will be made to the Royal British Legion.
Tickets for the show, which runs from January 24-25, are available from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or book online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk