Aylsham musical promises plenty of flash, bang and wallop

A Flash, Bang, Wallop! of a show will be staged by Aylsham High School pupils next month when they perform the hit musical Half a Sixpence.

Set in the seaside resort of Folkestone, Kent, in 1900, the story follows the rags-to-riches-to-rags fortunes of orphan Arthur Kipps (Max Hilton), an apprentice draper.

Kipps, played by Tommy Steele in the film version, learns that he has come into money and switches his affections from childhood sweetheart Ann (Paris Chandler) to the aristocratic Helen (Jessica Randall).

But he gradually discovers that Ann is truly the girl for him and the couple's wedding is celebrated with the show's most famous number, Flash, Bang Wallop!

Soon after, Kipps discovers that his fortune is lost but what at first seems like a disaster, ends happily.

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Performances will take place at the school, at 7.30pm, from March 16-19 with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost �8 and �7 and are available from the school, or from Eclipse Hair Studio, on Red Lion Street, Aylsham.

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