An aspiring thespian will reprise his high-school role and Centre Stage Company’s founder will return to the stage in the group’s latest offering.
‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, on at Haverhill Arts Centre later this month, will also see Steve Powter directing his first musical.
“It’s a musical loosely based on the 1950s sci-fi films and Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” said Mr Powter, a drama teacher at Castle Manor Academy.
“It’s about a ship that crash lands and finds some monsters and strangers and a dancing robot on roller skates.
“We wanted to do a show that was a bit different and I wanted to direct something that wasn’t one of the old, boring ones.
“It was an award winning show and it’s currently being rewritten.
“I first saw the play about 15 years ago.”
Mr Powter was involved in a production of the show 15 years ago, and several years ago then-Castle Manor student Joe Craig starred in the lead role, Captain Tempest.
Now Joe, 21, reprises that role as he again leads the cast for the Centre Stage production.
Barry Stephenson, who set up Centre Stage Company 45 years ago, will feature in the musical.
Karen Sanderson is the music director, having performed that role for Castle Manor’s ‘Oliver!’ production, while Becca Neal is the choreographer.
James Malone, who previously played Joseph for Centre Stage, stars as the dancing robot Ariel, and has been given some skating lessons and loaned the equipment from Curve Motion in Bury St Edmunds.
Mr Powter added: “It’s been interesting doing the directing as I hadn’t done that with Centre Stage and it was quite fun as going to this from doing school plays meant I was a bit like a kid in a candy store.
“The set will be made entirely of scaffolding with computers, keyboards and electrical stuff so it looks like the ship.
“It’s got a great cast and has been really enjoyable because there’s a lot of enthusiastic and energetic young people but also the old hands like Jim Morgan and Andy Letcher.”
‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ is performed from October 22 to 26, with evening and matinee performances on the Saturday.
For tickets, call 01440 714140.
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