Mack & Mabel Poster

22nd to 25th November 2017

November 2017: Mack & Mabel

Mack & Mabel, originally released in 1974 (Michael Stewart’s book was revised for this version in 2015 by his sister Francine Pascal), is a fabrication of fact and fiction – delivered in flashback from the point of view of Mack Sennett (1880-1960).

Mack admits to two obsessions: movies and Mabel Normand (1892-1930). He is the struggling director in the teens of the 20th century, who transplants his studio “family” to California, sets up Keystone Studios and rat-a-tats out slapstick two-reelers. She is the girl from the deli who erupts on to the set with a sandwich delivery. Mack spots potential. Mabel becomes a star.

They fall in love, but he’s not romantic ("I won’t send roses"); she is (dreamily reprising this declaration of non-commitment). He wants "to make the world laugh"; she wants acting to be more than pratfalls and guffaws. Artistic differences tear them apart – spectacularly when Mabel’s on-set explosion sets off a custard-pie fight! She leaves to make feature films; he launches the Bathing Beauties, Keystone Cops and a thousand pie-in-the-face gags: "No one pretended that what we were doing was art."

With spectacular production numbers and recreations of iconic silent film scenes mixed with a healthy dose of laughs, romance, action and tragedy – all topped off with the genius of Jerry Herman’s score – this show is pure entertainment.

Performances

Wednesday 22nd
7:30pm
Thursday 23rd
7:30pm
Friday 24th
7:30pm
Saturday 25th
1:00pm
Saturday 25th
5:30pm

Tickets

Tickets are priced at £12 (child), £15 (concession) and £17 (full)
Availability: Pre-orders only

Coming in 2018

Broughty Ferry Amateur Operatic Society are proud to announce that we will be presenting a production of “Titanic – The Musical” in November 2018

Synopsis

April 10, 1912: the RMS Titanic sets out from London on her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic. Billed as “The Largest Floating Object in The World,” the Titanic is already big news. April 15, 1912: Titanic, the “unsinkable” ship, sinks, killing over 1500 men, women and children. In a stunning chamber musical as massive as the ocean liner that shares its name, Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical, Titanic, tells the stories of the people on board the legendary steamer and the men who got them there. Spanning all classes, Titanic captures the stories from the whole range of humanity aboard the ship: from workers in the boiler room to first-class attendants, from the poorest passengers, who scraped together their life savings to purchase third-class tickets to America, to some of the wealthiest men of the Victorian age, including John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim. Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s musical tells the tragic story with a compassionate book, intelligent lyrics, and soaring melodies. Full of memorable characters based on the real men and women on the ship, Titanic is a powerful, complex look at the making of a tragedy.

About

Broughty Ferry Amateur Operatic Society is a musical theatre company, based in the Broughty Ferry area of Dundee. Set up in 1923, we have recently celebrated our 90th year of shows, and are one of the longest running societies in Dundee.

Rehearsals

Burgh Halls, Brook Street Broughty Ferry
Monday
19:30 – 22:00
Wednesday
19:30 – 22:00

Society Officials

President
Lisa Gould
Vice-President
Susan Leiper
Secretary
Jill Davidson
Treasurer
Elizabeth Wylie