Taking Top Hat to stage

West End Operatic Society will be presenting Top Hat at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle. Pictured are Charles Doherty and Bethanie Johnson.
West End Operatic Society will be presenting Top Hat at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle. Pictured are Charles Doherty and Bethanie Johnson.

A trio of North Tyneside theatre talents will be taking to the stage with a musical production in Newcastle.

Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, including Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Puttin’ On The Ritz, West End Operatic Society will be presenting Top Hat at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

The show tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers, who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

Bethanie Johnson, of Wallsend, takes the lead role of Dale Tremont. She is studying to be a teacher at Northumbria University, as well as working as a musical theatre teacher at Chimney Sweep Theatre Company.

As soon as Bethanie found out that the society was doing Top Hat she knew she really wanted to play the part.

Charles Doherty, who lives in Tynemouth, plays the role of Alberto Beddini, a fiery Italian designer who harbours a secret desire for his model and muse, Dale Tremont.

He is overcome with jealousy when he discovers a rival for her affections.

And the director and choreographer is Sandra Laidler, also from Tynemouth.

The show will be on stage from Tuesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 17.

For tickets visit http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/