Riding to the rescue of stricken musical show
Friday 4th November 2011
ONLY three weeks ahead of the opening night of Oklahoma!, New Earswick Musical Society was hit by a devastating blow: leading man Dougie Weake would have to pull out of playing Ali Hakim, the Persian Pedlar, on account of ill health.
In the absence of a ready understudy for the golden voice of BBC Radio York, the search was on for a speedy replacement.
From backstage to centre stage steps Tim Richardson, the society’s stage manager, who took up that post six years ago on deciding that “if you can’t beat’em, join’em”.
His wife, Carol Richardson, and their daughter, Gaby, were already taking part in New Earswick productions.
Under Ann McCreadie’s direction, Tim has been working hard at rehearsals to create the comic character with an eye for the girls, in time for curtain-up at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York.
Wife Carol will join him on stage in the role of Aunt Eller from Wednesday to Saturday, when you can find out how to say “goodbye” the Persian way.