It s all systems go tonight (Wednesday) as the curtain rises on Barnstaple Musical Comedy latest musical fantasy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which takes to the stage at Barnstaple s Queen s Theatre until Saturday. Written from the 1954 Hollywood m

It's all systems go tonight (Wednesday) as the curtain rises on Barnstaple Musical Comedy latest musical fantasy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which takes to the stage at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre until Saturday.Written from the 1954 Hollywood movie starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, the show is set in the Oregon mountains during the 1850s."One of the most surprising elements of this production is that for the first time in the company's history, there are more men in the cast than ladies" says Kev Behan, company chairman. "This bucks the trend of amateur theatre generally where it is historically quite difficult to attract men to tread the boards.""We have been delighted with the effort put in by the whole company," says Kev who is also director for this show. "The guys particularly have been amazing, coping really well with the challenging choreography required to make this show work. Our choreographer, Maralyn Williamson, has been putting them through their paces up to four times a week, but the effort and time taken has all been well worth it," he said.In addition to the tricky footwork, the story calls for the boys to be red heads, so true to their commitment, they all underwent a transformation in the hair department, and sacrificed their natural colour for a more 'vivid' appearance. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a very funny show with many well know musical numbers in it, making it a suitable pre-Christmas treat for the whole family. A real tonic for these grey, credit crunch dominated days. Ticket concessions are available for both the young and the not so very young, for the Saturday matinee, making it a ideal opportunity. to the catch the show for those not wanting a late night.The show opens at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple tonight and runs until Saturday each evening at 7.30pm with the Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the Queen's Theatre Box Office on (01271) 324242 or on-line at www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.