Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

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The 1990s


For its 75th anniversary, the Society put on a highly successful production of La Cage Aux Folles.



photo of carousel sheet musicFor its show in1994, the Society chose Carousel, the second musical of the Rodgers/Hammerstein collaboration. An adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s play Lilliom of 1909, the musical moves the action to Maine, instead of the original Budapest. It also attempts to lighten the original storyline, which was considered to be rather downbeat. Eventually, Molnár was persuaded to agree to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s revised plotline.

The main story revolves around Billy, a carousel barker, who gets involved in a robbery in an attempt to provide for his pregnant girlfriend, Julie. Julie works in a mill, along with Carrie whose involvement with ambitious fisherman, Enoch, provides a contrasting tale. The robbery is botched and ends badly, but Billy is allowed to make amends and ensure his child has a chance of a better life than his.

The musical first showcased the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, that would later become an extremely well-known anthem of the football terraces.

Composer: Richard Rodgers
Libretto/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II
Year: 1945

Girl Crazy

photo of girl crazy sheet musicThe 1992 show was a bit of a coup for the Society. In that year, we performed the Northern amateur première of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 musical Girl Crazy. Famous songs from the show include Embraceable You and I Got Rhythm. The original Broadway production made big stars out of Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers! Later film versions altered the original story considerably but were big successes in their own right.

The story involves Danny, sent to manage his family ranch in Arizona as a last-ditch attempt to straighten him up from a life of wine, women and song. Instead, he brings the party with him – ending up with a ranch full of showgirls and visitors from all over the country! Along the way, he falls for the local postmistress – but can she make an honest man of him?

Composer: George Gershwin
Libretto: Ira Gershwin
Book: Guy Bolton, Jack McGowan
Year: 1930

Jack And The Beanstalk

The classic pantomime!

A firm favourite of the Society, with productions revived in 1973, 1983 and1992.

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