Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The best little musical in Kenton

A HILARIOUS musical comedy made famous on Broadway and then on the big screen by Dolly

A HILARIOUS musical comedy made famous on Broadway and then on the big screen by Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds is set to rock audiences in Henley.

Reading Operatic Society brings The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to the Kenton Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday next week at 7.30pm.

The tale of the house of shady ladies is based on the true story of The Chicken Ranch, where, when times were hard, customers could pay with chickens for their evening of pleasure.

Miss Mona (Anna Jennings) rules the roost with her bosom pal and ally, the handsome sheriff, played by Richard Bot.

She needs all the support she can get because a battle royal is under way with evangelist investigative reporter Melvin P Thorpe, hilariously played by Matthew Filmore, who wants to close down her business.

Catchy numbers are performed by a bevy of youthful beauties and lusty lads with electrifying song and dance routines.

At the other end of the scale, a life member who has completed 32 years with the company makes a lightning wheelchair appearance in the flashback introductory scene.

Gloria Griffiths was called upon to mime Wulla Jean, the dear departed founder of the bordello.

Poignant moments are threaded through the fun and frolics under the guidance of Alexander McWilliam (director), Nick Austin (musical director), and joint choreographers David Parsonson and Marianne Massey.

Tickets for the show, suitable for ages 14–plus, cost £15 (concessions £13). Call (01491) 575698 or see www.kentontheatre.co.uk for more information.

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