By Adam Burgan, the arts and entertainment manager at The Octagon in Yeovil.
THE young members of Yeovil Youth Theatre are currently treading the boards at The Octagon with their fantastic production of the hit musical Grease.
With plenty of Greased Lightning, Summer Lovin' and the odd hand jive, this show is certainly an audience favourite and we congratulate all the cast and crew for their hard work.
The coming weeks are bringing lots of sold-out performances to The Octagon with comedian Reginald D Hunter, Talon and The Nutcracker all already sold out.
Elkie Brooks has just a few tickets remaining for her performance on Tuesday.
Folk pioneers Steeleye Span are back at The Octagon on Wednesday following the release of their latest album Wintersmith that sees the band collaborating with Sir Terry Pratchett.
Recently expanded to a six piece - with long-term members Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp and Liam Genocky joined by Pete Zorn and Julian Littman - Steeleye Span are sounding more powerful than ever and equally inspired by their source material.
This time they have looked to the work of author Pratchett. Renowned for his series of Discworld novels Sir Terry is a long- standing fan of the band, even booking them to play at his 60th birthday party. Now the two have collaborated on a new project, a record based on Pratchett's Wintersmith novel.
With the Christmas decorations appearing around town and the weather becoming ever more chilly it is a sure sign that Christmas is on the way.
What better way to put you in the festive spirit then the national tour of the musical Miracle on 34th Street?
Based on the classic 1947 film that starred Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn, the musical follows a department store Father Christmas who claims to be the real Santa.
The film is a firm festive favourite of mine alongside It's A Wonderful Life and I am looking forward to the production.
The musical version has music and lyrics by Meredith Wilson and opened in 1963 under the different name of Here's Love.
Meredith Wilson's other big musical hits were The Music Man, which is currently in rehearsal by Cary Amateur Theatrical Society and will be performed in February at Ansford Academy, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
You may not have heard of the musical version of Miracle on 34th Street before but you will certainly recognise some of the songs. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Christmas was written for the musical although it appears under its original title of Pinecones and Holly Berries.
The show will follow the story of Susan, a young girl who dreams of a father and brother to make her family whole and Kris Kringle, a kindly old bearded man who claims he is the real Santa Claus.
For the first national tour of the musical the producers have lined up an impressive cast that features Genevieve Nicole as Doris, Dan Fletcher as Fred and Poppy Carter as Susan.
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