A little bit of Russia in Wedmore
PUBLISHED: 08:58 24 November 2010
WEDMORE Theatre Club is busy rehearsing for Chekhov's classic play The Cherry Orchard.
The story will be staged at Wedmore Village Hall from at 7.30pm each evening until Sunday.
The Cherry Orchard was the last play written by Chekhov and has been specially chosen to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth this year.
The backdrop to the play is the social change taking place in pre-revolutionary Russia, but it is the interplay between the beautifully drawn characters which brings the play to life so movingly.
The relationship between the aristocratic Ranyevskaya family faced with bankruptcy and the successful businessman wanting to save them, the contrast between the old retainer who will not leave the family and the younger servants who see a brighter future for themselves.
Adding colour to the production are characters like the governess who entertains the company with card tricks, illusion and brings her dog onto the stage, the lovelorn Yepikhodov whose clumsy attempts to woo Dunyasha are brushed aside in favour of the suave Yasha and the larger than life Pischik, the estate owner always on the scrounge.
Professional musicians will provide live music to accompany the performance and there will be tasty Russian delicacies at the bar to add to the atmosphere, as well as the usual refreshments.
Tickets, priced £7-10, are available from The Paper Shop in Wedmore or Jendy Weekes on 01278 641370.