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Countdown to Beached has begun

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With only one month to go until the opening of the ambitious community opera Beached preparations are in full swing with the vast cast of 400.

Beached has been created especially for the Bridlington community by writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) composer Harvey Brough and Opera North inspired by ideas from the participants.

Beached is based around a day at the beach where an array of unusual, humorous and surreal events occur. Each member of the cast will play a vital role in bringing the story to life. 280 pupils from Bay Primary School aged 4-11, 50 22 – 82 year olds from Bridlington community chorus, mums and toddlers from East Riding Children's Centre, teenagers from local secondary schools and members of the MENCAP Music and Movement group will make up the cast. Characters range from a single parent family to seagulls and sea creatures, joggers, grandparents, teenagers with BMXs and a group of school children with their flustered teacher. The Spa, Bridlington will be awash with seagulls flying over the audience's heads, a huge silk wave, sand, sun beds and the obligatory beach essentials, deckchairs and wind breakers.

Alongside the community cast will be four professional singers, including, Meeta Raval, Ann Taylor, Mark le Brocq and Richard Burkhard.

Beached is at The Spa, Bridlington on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July 2011. Tickets are available from The Spa box office on 01262 678258 or online www.spabridtickets.com

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