Musical theater group BOS (formerly known as the Boston Operatic Society) are rehearsing for an April show in Blackfriars after what they describe as “two long and difficult years”.
It will be their first fully staged theatrical production since the pandemic began.
Group president Jenny Cartwright said: “The musical theater group BOS has been performing in Boston since 1964 and in all those years they have never had to deal with anything like the recent Covid pandemic. “
After having to cancel their last show, Made in Dagenham, in April 2020 amid rehearsals, the company said it took “a big hit both financially and emotionally”.
Jenny added: “Run only by passionate locals, members have missed being able to get together twice a week and do what they love.
“So, as some normality begins to come back to life, the band are really excited to bring a full live musical production back to the Blackfriars stage.
“But for this to be a success and to keep the band alive, they need your help and support.
“There are many ways to get involved, but the easiest and most obvious is to come see the show – bring a few friends and make it an evening to remember.”
The production, titled “Company” by the late Stephen Sondheim, is described as “a witty, humorous spectacle, a wide variety of musical styles, fantastic melodies and the occasional hat-and-cane dancing routine”. .
Its story centers on the life of “Bobbie” – a man who celebrates his 35th birthday and begins to feel the pressure of getting married.
This modern exploration of relationships includes “sex, drugs, friendships and karate.”
It will take place on the Blackfriars stage, in Spain Lane, from Wednesday 20 April to Saturday 23 April. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, plus a show at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.