‘Girls Night’ slated at the Carson Center

‘Girls Night’ slated at the Carson Center

“Girls Night: The Musical” will be at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Written by Louise Roche and directed by Jack Randle, “Girls Night, The Musical” follows five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate the present and look to the future during a wild and outrageous girls night out at a karaoke bar. You’ll recognize many of the characters: Carol, the party girl; blunt Anita, who tells it like it is; Liza and her “issues;” boring Kate, the designated driver and Sharon, the not-so-angelic angel who just couldn’t resist tagging along. “Girls Night, The Musical” is bursting with energy and packed with classic anthems, from “Lady Marmalade” and” I Will Survive” to “It’s Raining Men” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The story behind Girls Night is an inspiration to any would-be writer still waiting for their big break. One night, four years ago, Ms. Roche, a mother of three children younger than age five, went out with a group of friends to see a Shane Richie musical. She looked around the theatre, saw that the audience was mostly women and thought “I could do this … I could write a show that lots of women will enjoy watching.” So she did. She went home and wrote her first play “Girls Night,” a musical comedy about a group of friends who relive the past on a wild night out at a karaoke club. She put it on with some of her friends at the local community theatre. Five old mates from school did the acting. She got a woman she met at her daughter’s playgroup to design the posters and the set. Her mother did the costumes, and she dressed the auditorium up like a nightclub herself. It sold out its entire run and gained legendary status in the area. Bolstered by this success, she hired the much bigger Milton Keynes Theatre to mount a one-off spectacular production of “Girls Night.” Not one to do things by halves, the heroic housewife put her money where her mouth was and ploughed her life savings into the show. Every one of the 1,000 seats in the building sold. Since then, “Girls Night” has gone from success to success. Published in The Messenger 6.4.08

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