NODA Review: Music of the Movies14th June 2014
Music of the Movies
Westbourne Hall, West Kirby
Craig Price in his dual role of Director and Musical Director made a shrewd move by choosing to do Music from the Movies. This offered a wide number of songs and ideas not usually featured in concerts and enabled the society not to fall into the trap of relying on the old favourites which seem to appear in most of the musical selections which I often see.
The other great plus for his audience was the pace at which he maintained the action. As soon as a piece was completed and applauded the next item was moving into position the music was starting and we were off and running once again. This obviously relied on members of the cast being involved in quick costume changes and ready to go when called, a sure sign that the many rehearsals paid off with a slick performance which held the audiences attention and avoided the delays which often ensue between numbers.
Added to the skilful singing was some excellent choreography/movement by Pam Watson and her team of Sue Hickmanâ€“Germon, Janette Haydon, Anna Whittaker and Leah Dovey- Evans. A particular treat was an unusual interpretation of the â€œTrolley Songâ€ outstanding in an evening of many excellent items. This is not a show for naming individuals , they were a great team who all Contributed handsomely to the overall success of this production.
Having grown used to The Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Companyâ€™s fine efforts I was not surprised. Costumes, Lighting, Sound, Musicians and front of house are all part and parcel of a societyâ€™s ability to wow their audience and they proved their worth as they always do. Well done to all of you on a sparkling evening.