The clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in, but the Angus Minstrels are back in all their glory to brighten up the dark evenings.
The 2013 production of the long-running charity musical extravaganza opened at the Webster Memorial Theatre last night (Thursday), and it promises to be another evening of family entertainment showcasing the homegrown talent on offer in Arbroath.
Now in their 53rd year the Angus Minstrels are still going strong and it is understood that their charitable exploits have raised in excess of £500,000 during this time.
This year the show will run until Saturday, November 9, and tickets are priced £12 available from the Webster Memorial Theatre box office on 01241 435800.
Looking at the line up there is something for everyone in the family in this year’s show, with music of all descriptions, dancing and even a little light comedy.
As always the emphasis is on producing high class numbers combining song and dance giving a taster of some of the most popular musicals such as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Evita’.
It could also be the first time that the Minstrels have dabbled in a little Glam Rock and we look forward to seeing their interpretation of this sequined and flashy style.
In the same vein, the Hallowe’en section could provide a wonderful opportunity for some outrageous costumes and great musical theatre.
We expect a triumphant return to the massed ranks of the ensemble belting out some classics and this will be interwoven with a number of solos from the likes of Angus Minstrel favourites Maggie Findlay et al.
There will also be smaller singing groups for both men and women with some very exciting song choices, in particular a tribute to that powerhouse of American jazz, Ella Fitzgerald.
Of course, no Angus Minstrel Show would be complete without the Dixieland grand finale and it will no doubt, as in previous years, really showcase what the heart of the Minstrels is all about.