June 18, 2008

Flagging Up a Special Night

By DOMINIC JEFF Herald Reporter

There will be plenty of flag waving at the annual musical extravaganza organised by 29 Commando at the Royal Citadel.

Organisers of Music of the Night are promising a huge line-up of show-stopping numbers for the event in July.

Event and marketing coordinator Lesley Shorrocks, said: "When people ask me what's going to be in the show, they always want to be sure we have our stunning, rousing finale. Our audiences love the sing along at the end of the show, and there's always plenty of riotous flag waving.

"I know that in the national press we've seen stories recently about some politicians thinking that flag waving is nationalistic, but we think that's a load of rubbish.

"A huge part of Music of the Night is about the pride we have in our talented Plymouth citizens of all ages and our courageous soldiers of 29 Commando Regiment - and we intend to show it in a good, old-fashioned way."

There will be plenty to enjoy before the finale too, including music from the musicians of the Bands of the Royal Artillery and Her Majesty's Royal Marines featuring a medley of popular big screen war film themes, as well as the Overture from Candide and Royal Blue.

Song and dance numbers will include about 60 children in excerpts from Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Sound of Music, and there will be big numbers from Cabaret, Mamma Mia and South Pacific performed by the 300 strong cast.

The choir will perform O Fortuna from Orff's Carmina Burana and Bernstein's Make Our Garden Grow.

Soldiers of 29 Commando Regiment are said to be planning a hilarious, daredevil sketch featuring a very well known young wizard.

Pre-show music will be on offer at the Royal Citadel from 6pm each night, featuring a variety of acts, on the Hospital Radio Plymouth Showstage and guests of 29 Commando Regiment, the Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums all the way from South Africa, will also perform each night.

Music of the Night takes place at the Royal Citadel every night from Tuesday July 15, and Saturday July 19.

Tickets for the show are on sale at the Box Office at Plymouth Pavilions on 0845 146 1460 and online at www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Ticket prices are: Tuesday to Thursday performances pounds17 and pounds22, and Friday & Saturday performances pounds22 & pounds27. A booking fee of pounds1.50 will apply to each ticket sold, with additional online booking charges made for Internet users. Wheelchair users will receive a complimentary ticket for their accompanying carer.

Full details can be found on the website www.themusicofthenight.com

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