[prev] …Nicholson role. ‘He’s been with the company for about ten years,’ explains Rob, ‘but this part suits him so well. He can be charismatic and charming, but also a bit slimy… then turn and become this powerful, terrifying character. He’s fantastic. The three girls are as well. I think people will be very surprised at how wonderful they are. The harmonies that have been written for them to sing are just stunning – and it sounds like the West End company.’
‘We’ll be doing The Addams Family, so we hope there will be some Gomez’s, Uncle Festers and Lurches out there.’
PODS is the oldest amateur performing arts company in the city – 114 years old this year – with a number of national awards under its belt. (‘We’ve actually just found out that we’ve won the 2013 regional award for best musical,’ adds Rob.) They’re also always on the lookout for new members – and if you think Witches sounds like fun, wait till you hear what’s planned for next year. ‘We’ll be doing The Addams Family, so we hope there will be some Gomez’s, Uncle Festers and Lurches out there. That’s not been on the West End at all yet, and we’ll be one of the first companies in the country to do it.’ So, if you’re creepy and you’re kooky, mysterious or spooky, Rob would love to hear from you.
‘There’s a lot of local talent’
‘The Bill Kenwright productions at the Broadway showed there’s a great appetite for musical theatre,’ he says. ‘It’s great that we’ve had Marti Pellow and Will Young here, but there’s also a lot of local talent. And we’re doing some really technical stuff that will be visually spectacular. I think people will be bowled over by it.’
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK Key Theatre Tuesday, 8 – Saturday, 12 April at 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm Saturday matinee)
For more information, visit www.vivacitypeterborough.com/event/witches-of-eastwick
Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) – flying tonight! 1 2