A MUSICAL production for fans of Grease, Hairspray, and Scooby Doo will take to the stage at the Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, from Wednesday, February 19.

BIGLITTLE Theatre School presents Brenda Bly Teen Detective, a show set in 1958 at the Whitney Ellis Private School for Girls.

Days away from the opening night of the end of term musical Rocket Girl, the leading lady is knocked unconscious with a sandbag. Once again, it is up to teenage sleuth, Brenda Bly, to solve the crime, catch the crook and save the day.

Colin Billing, musical director at BIGLITTLE Theatre School, said: "This is such a fun story, with a detective element to it. The composer, Charles Miller, has a knack for writing songs that people will think are familiar. We started rehearsals in November 2019 and as each week passes, there is a real sense of personal growth and teamwork amongst the whole cast. This provides a foundation to build on for the rest of their careers."

Colin co-founded the theatre school in 1996, alongside principal Michelle Guy. Now a not-for-profit organisation, part of the school's work involves helping students who are considering a career within performing arts.

Last year, the company performed Little Women at Shelley Theatre. Colin commented: "It was a huge success, not only in terms of sold-out shows but also seeing how our young performers develop personally. BIGLITTLE Theatre School recognises the importance of a professional approach. When it comes to musicals, it is not just about performing elements, but the importance of consistency and the stamina that is involved in delivering a show for multiple performances."

Shelley Theatre will once again be the venue of choice for BIGLITTLE Theatre School. "We fell in love with the charm of the building," Colin continued. "It provides a great working space. We all look forward to returning and sharing Brenda Bly with everyone."

The production runs from until Saturday, February 22. Performances are at 7.30pm each evening with a 2.30pm performance on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £10 for under-16s. To book, visit the venue website or contact the box office.