Eagle-eyed theatre patrons may think they’re seeing double when a much-loved festive production hits the stage next week.
When the classic A Christmas Carol The Musical is staged at The Alexandra in Birmingham, there's not one but TWO sets of Black Country twins cast in the fun-filled family show.
Conor and Caitlin Dodd, 10, who attend Shire Oak School in Walsall have been cast as Tiny Tim and Grace Smythe and Alice and Isabel Barlow, 16, who live in Kidderminster and attend Birmingham Ormiston Academy, are taking up parts in the chorus.
The production which is based on Charles Dicken’s classic story, is brought to the stage at The Alex by Birmingham’s award-winning BMOS Musical Theatre Company and runs from Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 November. The show tells the emotional story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others.
With an infuriated ‘Bah! Humbug!’ Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his past, present and future.
Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once On This Island) breathe fantastic new life into this classic tale, which is guaranteed to deliver some festive cheer to all the family.
BMOS - Birmingham Musical Operatic Society - is an amateur company and registered charity which regularly performs in professional theatre and has adult members aged from 16 to 70. They date back to 1886 when The Birmingham Opera Society was founded, with the Midland Opera Society founded in 1916. Pat Pryce, chairman of BMOS said:
"It's great to have both sets of twins in the show. Conor and Caitlin are set to steal the audiences hearts in their roles as Tiny Tim and Grace Smythe respectively.
"We're also thrilled to welcome Alice and Isabel back to the company as adult members, after they joined us in the children's chorus for our 2018 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Both are very strong dancers and are proving a real asset to the company."
Tickets for the show are available on 0844 871 3011 or at atgtickets.com/birmingham.