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Quick march down to the New Theatre for Armed Forces Day - Part One

By Stephanie Tye


FROM commanding attention on stage to standing to attention for parade, two stars from the world of musical theatre were put through their paces by a military fitness instructor ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Antony Costa, best known as a member of boy band Blue, and Jason Denton, star in the feel-good musical Save The Last Dance For Me, which comes to the New Theatre July 18 - 23. 


But they swapped curtain calls for tricep curls when they visited the Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum, in Woodstock, to promote the show coming to the city, as well as Armed Forces Day on June 25, which the theatre is supporting. 

As part of the annual campaign, which  gives people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the  Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, Service  families, Reservists, veterans and cadets, on June 25 the New Theatre is offering £10 off a pair of tickets to the show (price bands A & B) the  following month, as well as holding giveaways for those who book in person.


Antony and Jason were put to the test by British  Military Fitness instructor, Jason Field, with push ups, shadow boxing and resistance training.  And the  gruelling regime hasn’t put Antony off Oxford - he said he was looking forward  to visiting the city.


“I think it’s a lovely place and I’m  looking forward to getting to spend some time exploring,” said the singer, “Save The Last Dance For Me is such an  uplifting, feel-good show that everyone will enjoy it. Audiences around the  country have been great and have been on their feet every night, I’m sure  Oxford will have a great time.”


Former Mercian Regiment Sergeant Jason  Field, runs classes at South Park, Warneford Lane, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays  and Saturdays. The sessions,  which have been running in Oxford for around 10 years, cater for all levels of  fitness and classes are divided into ability groups. The first class is free.


He said Armed Forces Day was a wonderful way to honour service personnel and their families.


“I think it is great how this country celebrates Armed Forces Day and show support to not just our forces, but also to their families and recognises the sacrifices they also make watching their  loved ones going to serve.”


For more information on British Military  Fitness sessions, log on to www.britmilfit.com or  call 020 8996 2220.


The Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum is  home to a collection of artefacts from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire  Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars.


Museum Director, Ursula Corcoran said  “Our staff, volunteers and visitors all loved having the cast of 'Save the Last  Dance for Me' at the Museum today There's a huge interest in military themed  events and shows throughout the region and SOFO is always pleased to help  generate interest in the world of the military”.

Save The Last Dance For Me is a  nostalgic, feel-good journey that will transport you back to music’s golden era  as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of ’63. Two sisters holiday  without their parents for the first time and meet a handsome young American who  invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air force base.


But young love and holiday romance is  never as simple as it sounds, and the sisters soon realise that while the world  around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be  much more colourful.