Musical theatre company marks special year with performance of famous musical

This is a special year for TEMPO, the award-winning youth drama group, as its co-founder and President Barbara Herd will be celebrating her 90th Birthday.

In what will be the society's 38th show, this March they are performing Guys and Dolls at the Evans Theatre in Wilmslow.

Set in Damon Runyan's mythical New York City it's a show about a group of lovable rogues and the ladies in their lives with some memorable musical numbers including Sit Down You're Rockin the Boat and of course Luck Be Lady Tonight!

Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950 and ran for over 1,000 performances winning a variety of awards including Tonys and Oliviers and is regularly revived for a new generation of musical theatre audiences. The show tells the tale of gamblers Sky Masterson & Nathan Detroit, straight laced mission member Sarah Brown, and nightclub performer Miss Adelaide, taking its audience from the heart of Broadway and Times Square to the clubs of Cuba and the sewers of New York City.

Chairman, Alison Bisset said "We are very excited to be putting on Guys and Dolls in this extra special year for everybody at TEMPO, both past and present.

"Our co-founder and President Barbara Herd is celebrating her 90th Birthday this Spring. Without Barbara there would be no TEMPO (formally SCAMPS), for over 30 year Barbara's invaluable skills and experience have given many local young people the opportunity to perform in some iconic musicals, with some of the best directors, musical directors and choreographers in the region. Barbara gives of her time freely and provides invaluable support to both the committee and members of the society, she really is an inspiration to us all."

Barbara started performing in amateur theatre in 1950 and became well known locally often performing with her husband Peter Herd. In 1983 she, along with Paul Walsh decided to start a musical theatre group for local young people and over the years TEMPO (Scamps) has produced a wide range of shows including, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Starlight Express and Cats.

Guys and Dolls will be at the Evans Theatre, Wilmslow Leisure Centre between the 10th and 14th March. Performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday 14th March at 2.30pm. For more information and tickets go to www.tempotheatre.com or call 07969 176148.

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