One woman and her dog

PUBLISHED: 14:56 27 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:24 27 October 2010

Flossie and Marina

Flossie and Marina

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A SOMERSET villager and her four-legged friend have been training hard for their roles in a well-known tale.

Marina Jonas will star as Charlotta the governess in Wedmore Theatre Club’s production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov - and so too will her dog Flossie.

Once a circus performer, but now governess to the aristocratic Ranyevskaya family, Charlotta performs card tricks, illusions and ventriloquism to entertain the company.

Somerset magician John Snow has been helping Marina to perfect her act.

Flossie Hope-Stone Jonas, Marina’s 10-year-old King Charles spaniel, has taken to her role with almost no tuition, but then she only has a walk on part.

Marina describes her own character of Charlotta as a ‘little eccentric’, but says that Flossie is completely ‘barking mad’.

The play is a tragic-comedy with scenes of high drama and pathos, as well as comic interludes.

It paints a moving picture of the social changes taking place in pre-revolutionary Russia.

The aristocratic Madame Ranyevskaya is faced with selling the family estate including her beloved cherry orchard, to avoid bankruptcy.

But she is locked in the past and fails to prevent its sale to the property developer Lopakhin.

Only the younger family members can see that, despite everything, there is hope for the future.

It was Chekhov’s final play, written shortly before his premature death from tuberculosis in 1904 and is the theatre club’s tribute to the author for the 150th anniversary of his birth this year.

The play will be performed in Wedmore Village Hall from November 25-27.

Tickets, priced £7-10 are available from Jendy Weekes on 01278 641370 and The Paper Shop in Wedmore.

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