It’s full steam ahead as preparations got under way this week for the 42nd summer season show at Layton Institute, paving the way for the popular club celebrating its centenary year in 2012.
President Carl Healey is upbeat about the future and is urging regulars and locals to support the Westcliffe Drive club as it puts on the VIVA show, directed by Blackpool all rounder Leye D Johns.
The show features a comedy rota including Carl Schofield, Jimmy Bright, Jo Little and Terry Cotta, across the board music from Rob Linacre, Darren Coulton and Jodie Kate, plus the VIVA Showgirls completing the cast.
Admission is £5 and the show will run five nights a week (Tuesday to Saturday) starting August 26 until November 5, starting at 7.45pm.
“We’d really appreciate local support at The Layton as we enter our 100th year to secure the future of this hub of the local community,” said Carl.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting summer show and then Leye and his entourage returning to build on the success of last year’s party nights for an extended run in December.
“Things are definitely on the up following recent events we’ve run and we’re also undertaking more marketing to let people know we’re here to stay, our doors are open and we have a fabulous line-up of value for money entertainment that people can come and enjoy right on their doorstep.”
Show director Leye D Johns of Dudley Leisure added: “We want people to remember the time when Blackpool was a Mecca for ‘proper’ performers with dancing girls, singers and hilarious comedy.
“Well those days never really left the Layton as year on year they invest in an outstanding full production show in a room which is made for this type of event – there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
“And new this year is Family Friday when the kids are welcome free of charge to join parents and sample a ‘proper’ show night out.”
VIVA producer Martin Heywood said: “The club has been open and honest about this season as the country’s finances are affecting everyone. We’re working with them on a cost saving and focus on marketing to go into this season with a more profitable and sustainable show without cutting the high quality they present every year.
“Christmas is also filling up quickly now as people decide on their party night options.
“Once again the cabaret lounge will be totally transformed into a marquee ballroom, with party night revellers able to enjoy a three course festive dinner and reserved seating for a show to remember.”
The Christmas show stars Leye D Johns and vocalists Darren Coulton, Phil Jefferies, plus the Thunder Showgirls and resident DJ.
“The club is looking to next year to really celebrate the 100th birthday with a series of events including specially invited guest entertainers who have performed at the venue over the years kicking off with an intimate dinner and show evening with Joe Longthorne on December 20,” said Martin.
For more details call the box office on (01253) 352 301 or book online at www.blackpoolshows.net