Haunting tale of love and loss

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Following their hugely successful production of ‘Hairspray’ last September, members of Halifax Amateur Operatic Society are hard at work preparing for their next show ‘Ghost - The Musical’.

Based on the 1990 smash hit movie starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, the show centres on lovers Sam and Molly who are attacked when returning to their apartment.

Sadly Sam dies but becomes trapped between this world and the next while trying to protect Molly who is also in danger of being killed. He asks a medium, Oda Mae Brown to help him get in touch with Molly to warn her.

‘Ghost - the Musical’ premiered in Manchester in 2011 and quickly transferred to the West End and then onto Broadway before going on tour in both the US and UK.

It features one of the most popular songs of all time ‘Unchained Melody’ which has been recorded by many of the world’s leading performers.

HAOS production’s chairman Geoff Cowgill said: “We have hired a 500 square foot transparent video wall as background to several of the scenes and are including many of the illusions seen in both the movie and the professional stage show.

“This is definitely a first for amateur musical theatre in this area as we look to continue to raise the production values of our shows and enhance the audience enjoyment”.

Yvonne White and Chris Madej are Molly and Sam. Sam Milnes who has taken part in many shows makes his directoral debut, musical director is Graham Robbins who has had many years of experience with HAOS and Emily Hurst makes her debut as choreographer after taking lead roles in Hairspray and Our House.

lThe show runs from April 15 to 18 at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, with ticket prices from £15. Call the box office on 01422 351135 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk