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Marina staff to work through the night

PUBLISHED: 10:50 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 06 July 2010

WHEN the hit musical Singin' In The Rain comes to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre later this month the theatres technical crew will have a huge challenge ahead of them involving working round the clock to ensure everything is ready for opening night.

WHEN the hit musical Singin' In The Rain comes to Lowestoft's Marina Theatre later this month the theatres technical crew will have a huge challenge ahead of them involving working round the clock to ensure everything is ready for opening night.

The production, which has already won rave reviews, is currently in the middle of a nationwide tour and although predominantly visiting major cities including Manchester, Oxford, Edinburgh, Southampton and Nottingham, the show play's its only East Anglian date in Lowestoft before heading to Ireland and then overseas.

Produced by the team behind a number of hit West End and touring shows including 42nd Street, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific, Olivier award winning West End and Broadway star Tim Flavin plays Don Lockwood, the role immortalised by Gene Kelly.

The technical team at the Marina will take over 24 hours to install the set with crews working through the night.

Preparation for the tour has already revealed some fascinating facts about the production with the purpose-built set containing over 1,000 water droplet valves producing 600,000 drops of water over five minutes; 60m of water pipe running above the stage; 583 litres per week - about five full bathtubs; over 200 sheets of plywood; 500 litres of paint and sealants; 1,500 metres of masking tape;

50 litres of glue; 500 metres of canvas; over 3,000 metres of timber; over 7,000 screws; and 7,000 staples.

The set also took over 2,000 man hours to build.

In addition 37 pairs of wellies and 30 umbrellas are included alongside several hundred costumes.

Singin' in the Rain is set to bring all the style and spectacle of Hollywood's golden age with a host of some of the best loved comedy routines, dance numbers and songs ever written including Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes, You Were Meant For Me and, of course, the most famous song and dance number of all time, Singin' in the Rain.

The show runs from July 21 to 25.

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