What a doll, hurt pianist goes on

A PIANIST playing in a production of Guys and Dolls at Tweed Heads proved the show really does go on when she broke her arm at the weekend.

Del Hodgson went on to play one-handed at the weekend.

Music director Wendy Fahey stepped in act as Ms Hodgson's left hand and played the bass notes.

"I just couldn't use the left hand at all," Ms Fahey said.

"Wendy sat at the piano and she was my left hand.

"That first night (Friday) was horrible but she (Ms Fahey) spent all night learning the parts."

Ms Hodgson said her first thought after breaking her arm in a fall on Thursday was letting down the orchestra.

"We were just lucky it was the left hand," she said.

"It would be different if it was another instrument but the piano plays the full score and others players in the orchestra relies on it."

Ms Hodgson has played the piano for more than 45 years and said this was the first time she was in this situation when she could not physically play.

Ms Fahey said it was half way through the performance on Friday night when she realised something had to be done.

"The orchestra sounded very tinny," Ms Fahey said.

"It was a challenge and not a good challenge."

Ms Fahey was also conducting the orchestra, which meant she was playing the piano with her right hand while conducting with her left hand.

The season of Neptune Productions' Guys and Dolls finished on Saturday.

"I slept like a log last night (Sunday) for the first time in weeks," Ms Fahey said.

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