21st Oct, 2017

Young stars in Whistle Down the Wind show

Aaron Wise 18th Jul, 2017

A WORCESTER youth theatrical school is inviting residents to its captivating musical in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society Youth Section (WODYS) will perform its summer show of Whistle Down the Wind at the Swan Theatre from Tuesday, August 1 to Thursday, August 5, where 57 members, aged 8 to 18, will take to the stage.

The popular musical is based on the namesake 1961 British film, directed by Bryan Forbes, which follows a group of children who discover an escaped prisoner in a barn, whom they take to be Jesus and vow to protect.

The fight between children and adults over the fate of the fugitive is a struggle between bigotry and innocence.

The sensational score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music, with lyrics by acclaimed rock’n’roll songwriter Jim Steinman.

It includes the rousing gospel opening of ‘The Vaults of Heaven’ and pulsating numbers such as ‘Tire Tracks’, ‘Broken Hearts’ and the song which became a number one hit for Boyzone, ‘No Matter What’.

Since it was set up in 1982, WODYS has become one of the most successful youth theatre groups in the West Midlands, having picked up the Best Youth Production Award three times, for its production of Half A Sixpence in 2011, Footloose in 2014 and Les Misérables last year.

WODYS recently received a letter from award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, wishing them luck for the upcoming shows.

The performances run 2.30pm and 7.15pm.

Tickets range from £12 to £15.

Call the Theatre’s Box Office on 01905 611427 or visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk for more information.

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