Lack of men forces opera change to The King And I

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Selkirk Opera is getting ready to stage The King And I, despite a lack of male singers forcing a late change of musical.

The five-day run in the Victoria Halls begins from Tuesday, February 25, to Saturday, March 1.

The opera society’s Alistair Pattullo told us: “Rehearsals are going really well, considering we lost six weeks of practice when we had to change shows to accomodate the lack of men in the company.

“But everyone has pulled together,” he added. “We’ve been lucky this year to have the talents of newcomers to Selkirk Opera – Nicole Robertson as Anna, Sophie Dyer as Tuptim and Fraser Harris as Lun Tha.

“Peter Robertson is reprising the role of the King which he first performed when we last did the show in 1991. The Siamese children have been enthusiastic and bring a real energy to the practices, and everybody is looking forward to bringing our production to the stage.”

For the first time, Selkirk Opera will be selling tickets at a pop-up shop – 71 High Street – today and tomorrow, February 17-22, and February 24 to March 1, opening each day from 10am to 2pm.

Tickets for the Tuesday to Friday shows cost £11 (£8 concessions), while Saturday’s table seating is priced at £12, with no concessions.

The King And I also coincides with the start of Fairtrade Week, so Selkirk Opera is selling Fairtrade tea, coffee and wine during the performances.

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