Bill star Colin Blumenau to direct youth show

Last year's White Rock youth production of Our House
Last year's White Rock youth production of Our House

A FORMER star of The Bill is swapping Sun Hill for the seaside to direct this year’s White Rock youth production.

Colin Blumenau spent six years as PC Francis “Taffy” Edwards, the show’s popular but feckless Welsh bobby, between 1984 and 1990.

But this summer he is heading to Hastings to take charge of The Wedding Singer, which will see about 120 local youngsters aged between eight and 18 take to the stage for the high-energy comedy musical based on the 1998 Adam Sandler film.

Mr Blumenau is artistic director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, where he has directed everything from Shakespeare to pantomimes, and Tracy White, community liaison manager at the White Rock, is thrilled to have him on board.

She said: “We’re delighted that Colin has agreed to join us this summer to direct The Wedding Singer.

“He’s a very experienced actor and director, who has worked in theatre and television.

“Many of the young people who join our summer project do it just for fun but for those who want to make a career in the theatre, this is a great opportunity to work with a team who have, between them, so much professional theatre experience.”

Mr Blumenau will be assisted by choreographer Ben Redfern and musical director Marc Yarrow and with rehearsals due to start in just a few weeks, Mrs White is confident this year’s spectacular will be bigger and better than ever.

“The show follows the same story as the film so it is very funny and the ensemble cast will be involved in at least six big musical numbers where every child will be on stage at the same time,” she said.

“It is going to be brilliant – it’s our first comedy so it will be different, but fabulous,” she added.

The show runs from Thursday August 11 to Saturday 13. Tickets cost £11/£9 and are available on www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk or by calling the box office on 01424 462288.