People are being asked to support a musical production featuring Rutland teenagers which is to be staged at the Curve Theatre in Leicester next month.
Ticket sales for Phantom Love the musical have so far been disappointing and the show’s creator is appealing to people to book to see it.
Tracey Dene Powell, 49, of Mill Grove, Whissendine wrote the script and lyrics for the show, which sold out for all three performances in the village hall last year.
It was her dream to take it to the big stage and this was made possible by Curve’s associate director Suba Das after he saw a DVD of it and heard how well it had been received.
Seven pupils from Catmose College in Oakham form the cast for this production and another 65 youngsters in the school orchestra and choirs will also be performing, alongside the City of Leicester Male Voice Choir.
“This is a community project offering these students an experience of a lifetime but I’m afraid to say that ticket sales have been frighteningly slow,” she said.
“My deepest regret will be if these young people, who are working so hard, will only get to demonstrate their talents to just a few people.
“I so wanted to give them the opportunity to shine and gain valuable self confidence, self belief and self worth that would stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“Performing in front of an audience of 720 people would certainly do this.”
Phantom Love is particularly topical for 2014 as it is set in the First World War, the start of which will be extensively commemorated this year.
The musical is set in the trenches and is a tribute to the bravery of the young soldiers.
The storyline is about separation from loved ones and coming to terms with death but it has an uplifting theme, being about guardian angels and how loved ones always live on in our hearts and memories.
BBC Radio Leicester’s Ben Jackson has featured Tracey on his show and will be visiting Catmose College later this month to interview the students taking part.
Rutland’s Lord-Lieutenant Dr Laurence Howard, has taken an interest in the venture and has written the foreword for the show programme and several local businesses are sponsoring the production.
Any profit made will be divided between the Loros hospice charity and Rutland Cancer Support Group.
Performances are on Tuesday, February 4 at 2.15pm and 7.30pm and Tracey has deliberately kept ticket prices low so that everyone can afford to go along.
They are priced at £5, £7 and £10 and can be obtained from the box office on 0116 242 3595 or from www.curveonline.co.uk