For 4 decades SONG has been providing dazzling performances on Southport stages. Formed in 1979, under the auspices of senior society – Southport Amateur Operatic Society (now Southport Spotlights Musical Theatre Society) SONG has a mission to stimulate the interest of young people in musical productions.
Belonging to SONG enables its members to fulfil their ambition of performing on stage.
In addition to this obvious satisfaction, members learn to work together as a team, improve their self-confidence and develop their own personalities – all of which prove a great benefit as they move into the adult world and whichever field of career they wish to pursue.
There can be little doubt that, whether you are a performer or a patron, musical theatre has a sense of magic. SONG believes it has a responsibility to provide a little of that magic for the young people of Southport.
Open to young people from the age of ten upwards to twenty SONG aims to produce two productions annually. Last year in addition to the monumental production of West Side Story (winner of the NODA for Best Youth Musical and Best Choreographer) in celebration of 40 years of SONG the society showcased excerpts of their 80 strong past show catalogue during a specially penned piece by an ex member. Musical numbers supported by memoirs of past members who have since gone on to peruse professional theatrical careers. The piece was a true celebration of the societies triumphs and most memorable moments and was attended by past members, production teams as well as local audiences.
This Easter the cast are thrilled to bring to life the explosive Footloose – Based on the 1980s hit musical that took the world by storm. The last time the show was performed by the company was 10 years ago, the cast boasted the same large ensemble with many of the young actors later making the move up to the senior society either to perform or act as a member of their production teams.
Footloose the Musical tells the story of Ren McCormack – famously played by Kevin Bacon. After moving in from Chicago, Ren is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt and defiant teen Ariel Moore, he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel’s influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore, stands in the way.
The show sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance of the original movie adaptation and features many of its classic hits including ‘Holding out for a hero’, ‘Lets hear it for the boy’ and of course the unforgettable title track.
The show will run from April 16th – 18th at The Atkinson Theatre, Southport. Tickets (priced from £13) can be purchased directly from the box office, by calling ‪01704 533333‬ or book online at www.theatkinson.co.uk