2nd June 2017
Saddle up for a classic Texan adventure when Musical Theatre students at York College present ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ to mark the end of their Level 3 BTEC Musical Theatre course.
This Tony Award winning musical by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, is based on a true story of a brothel that is fighting to stay open. The story follows the town’s Sheriff (played by Henry Baxter, formerly of Scalby School) as he fights to keep the brothel’s doors open, when a loud-mouthed television political opportunist (played by Robert Fisher, formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School) rallies for the cathouse to be shutdown.
Musical Theatre tutor Carla Maskery says: “While the show is based on the historical Chicken Ranch, the bordello isn’t the raunchy, ill-mannered institution the sensational reporter portrays it to be. There’s humour in the thought that the most honest character in the musical is Miss Mona, the madam of the brothel (played jointly by Maya Bartley O’Dea, formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School and Holly Louth, formerly of Scalby School). With big dance routines and even bigger wigs, the production is a fitting swansong for the students as they move on to drama schools around the country. I congratulate them all as they whole-heartedly embrace the ethos of this musical, pushing their singing , dancing and acting skills to the next level.”
Matthew Hodsman-Summers (formerly of Norton College) plays the dual roles of the Govenor and Senator Wingwoah. He says: “I’ve enjoyed the challenge of mastering two roles for this production. The show has some great characters which audiences cannot fail to connect with. I have learnt so much on this course which will stand me in good stead when I progress to Masters Performing Arts College in Essex in September.”
Holly Louth (formerly of Scalby School) is delighted to be given the chance to play the shared lead role of Miss Mona. She says: “It’s a great part and I feel lucky to have this opportunity to lead the cast in such an appealing production. Thanks to the great teaching here I know my acting, singing and dancing have improved so much. I am so excited to be progressing to ALRA in London where I will concentrate more on acting, which is my preferred discipline.”
For fans of the Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds' film version, seeing all the songs and classic story is a definite must-see experience. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas plays at the Alan Ayckbourn Theatre, York College on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June 2017 at 1.30pm and 7.00pm. Tickets are available from the York College Finance Office on 770495.