One of the nation's best loved performers has been sharing his pearls of wisdom with BSEAODS performers and crew.
Actor and comedian Roy Hudd was welcomed by the Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BSEAODS) to their production of Half a Sixpence (winner of NODA Award Best Musical 2012).
The veteran performer is one of the best-known and most versatile figures of British stage and screen. He is the brains behind the radio series The News Huddlines and his hit shows include Oliver!, Underneath the Arches and The Fantasticks, while on television his roles have ranged from satirical series to Dennis Potter plays.
Roy - who has also made regular appearances as undertaker Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street - was thrilled with our performance and personally went back-stage to chat to all the cast and crew following curtain-down. Our President, Mel Barnes received the following letter from our Patron, Roy Hudd:
“Just to say how much Debbie and me, and our granddaughter Emma, enjoyed Half a Sixpence. It’s always a pleasure to see a team of players who give a hundred percent, and the Society certainly did. Not only the principals, who were excellent, but the smaller parts too, in fact everyone involved. The acid test is always the reaction at curtain down, and you couldn’t have had a better one.
Thanks for inviting us to an evening of pleasure. My love to the whole company. Yours, Roy.”
As this comes from such a consummate professional, Mel Barnes, hopes the whole Society will share his pride.
In 2008, Roy also popped into rehearsals for The Merry Widow. The Society had assembled a "first-class" production team for its latest show. Bridget Alexander, of BSEAODS, said everyone involved with the production was thrilled with Mr Hudd's input on Tuesday night. "We were absolutely delighted," she said. "It was a great honour for us that such a busy performer could give us some of his time. We couldn't keep him off the stage - he loved it. It was wonderful to get his reaction to how our show is shaping up."