After sitting watching the television at Christmas with my family we became engrossed in a musical for around two hours.
It was called Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
So when I saw the stage version was coming for a week’s run to the Regent Theatre in Hanley I decided, along with my wife and daughter, to take the opportunity to see a live version.
And we weren’t disappointed. The singing, dancing, and energy of the cast along with the staging effects were brilliant.
The show stars Sam Attwater, who has appeared in Eastenders and is well-known as a Dancing on Ice champion and Helen Blackman, who as appeared in many television and theatre roles. Helena was also the runners in BBC1 top television programme How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria singing competition.
The story is based around the Pontipee family of seven brothers who live in a mountain farm 12 mile from the nearest town. Family leader, Adam, played by Sam Attwater, visits the town where is determine to find a wife.
He meets Milly played by Helena Blackman, who he marries within hours of meeting her. They then go back to the family farm, but Adam forgets to tell her he had six unshaven and unwashed brothers at the house.
On arrival Milly is hit with shock after it appears she is expected to do all the washing and cooking for the brothers.
However over time she educates the brothers and teaching them manners, how to respect girls and also how to dancing before going to enjoy a social at the town
Here they meet six girls who they are all attracted to. When they returned home they become love sick, so Adam decided to take the brother to town to kidnap the girls and bring them back to the farm.
However as they returned to the farm, with relatives in hot pursuit of the girls, the snow gets worse and a landslide blocks the road stopping their family members from rescuing them until Spring.
Over time the girls get used to living in the house with Milly, who had banned the boys to the barn. As springs approaches however loves gather pace with the couples.
As the weather improves the families all return to rescue them, but the girls want to stay. The families relent and all the couples are married.
The performances of the actors taking part were excellent and they really seemed to be enjoying themselves.
As for us it was even better than the television version.
The show runs until Saturday, so if you want to be entertained make sure you visit this musical.
For tickets contact www.atgtickets.com/stoke