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Edition No. 99

Date:- 17 May 2003

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TREADING THE BOARDS AT PIER EVENT
Report with thanks to Julia Brough

LOCAL performers will be treading the boards later this month when they will treat visitors to Southport pier with entertainment from Broadway musicals.

Sefton Arts Development and Sefton Youth Theatre will be performing songs and dance from hit musicals while Mrs. Pickles, straight from pantomime at the Southport Arts Centre, will be welcoming visitors to the pier.

On Bank Holiday Monday (May 26th) the entertainers will be giving three half-hourly performances from shows including Greece, Summertime Special, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Adrian Mole and excerpts from the sell-out pantomime Dick in a Pickle.

Sefton’s Tourism Department is delighted with the popularity of the new-look Pier and expects the event to attract even more visitors to the resort this Bank Holiday. Nearly 400,000 people have visited the pier since it re-opened just over a year ago following a £7 million restoration programme.

Lord Fearn, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said:- “Visitors strolling along the pier this coming Bank Holiday Monday will be able to enjoy three spectacular shows of song and dance with the performers all dressed stunning, bright costumes. Mrs Pickles will also be on hand throughout the afternoon to entertain members of the family. The event will be a real celebration of some of the best musicals and will be great entertainment for all the family.”

The performances have been organised in conjunction with Top Ten Entertainment, with choreography from Sharn Alexander and direction from Susie Walker.

Mrs Pickles will be welcoming visitors to the pier from 12 noon and the performances will take place at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Visitors to the pier on the Sunday (May 25th) will also get a sneak preview of the show when the performers will be rehearsing from 12 noon.

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