The brave cast of student show Mary Torphins are planning to reverse tradition and make this Friday the 13th their luckiest day yet by scheduling a double session for their performers.
For not only will the superstitious date be the 30-strong cast’s last full-scale rehearsal before the show opens at HMT in Aberdeen on Wednesday (April 18) but it’s also the day for their linked fund-raising Spring Concert at St Mark’s Church, next door to the theatre.
The annual concert had to be switched to the 13th when the students discovered that their No1 drummer, 92-year-old George Sim, couldn’t make the original date.
“The concert has long been a fixture on the student show calendar and gives the show team, who have rehearsed for 200 hours over the past four weeks, a break from the hectic schedule and a chance to perform some different songs for a live audience,” explained Mary Torphins show administrator Sophie Hamilton.
“However, the Spring Concert just wouldn’t be complete without George behind his kit and so a new date was arranged – he’s also the grandfather of our leading lady, Rhona Johnston.
“We love performing at the Spring Concert and after spend weeks going over the scenes and numbers for the actual show, it comes as a lovely break!
The 2pm Spring Concert on Friday will feature songs from days gone by, with a few musical numbers and a bit of war time nostalgia! Tea, coffee and fine pieces will be provided and the £3 tickets are available at the door.
“The Spring Concert usually attracts the elderly, but really its for anyone who fancies an afternoon of good singing, good cakes and helping to raise a good bit of money for charity,” added Sophie.
Tickets for Mary Torphins at His Majesty’s Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, April 18 to 12, are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.