50 Years Not Out

Date 11th January 2019
Society Orrell Musical & Dramatic Society
Venue Pemberton Masonic Hall
Type of Production Concert
Musical Director Linda Scott
Choreographer Jackie Webb


Author: Patricia Connor

  The Concert “50 Years Not Out” marked the end of a year of events to celebrate  the fiftieth Anniversary of “Orrell Music and Dramatic Society’s” formation. This entertaining concert was in two halves and included an eclectic mix of songs performed very nicely with lots of enthusiasm and expertise by the company in the form of solos, duets, trios and with other small group and full company numbers as well.  The programme looked at the shows that the society had performed over the last five decades accompanied by a prerecorded narration which included information about the  societies history and the shows performed over the years as well as news reports and information about important events of the last fifty years, which was very interesting and worked well, on a personal note it brought back allot of memories for me. As the society was originally set up to perform Gilbert And Sullivan Operettas, Act One started with a selection of well known songs from The Pirates of Penzance,The Mikado and The Gondoliers. As the company changed its emphasis other operettas such as the Merry Widow were introduced and then in the 1990’s  Musical Comedy became their main focus when the company produced such shows as Annie Get Your Gun,Calamity Jane,My Fair Lady,The Pajama Game and Guys & Dolls  which brought us to the  interval followed by Act two which focused on the 2000’s and 2010’s and we were treated to songs from Hello Dolly, Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie,Sweet Charity, High Society,Half A Sixpence and their last production which was 9 to 5. However I must mention a group of children who entertained us in the second act with Munchkin Land from The Wizard of Oz and two songs from Annie which were, It’s A Hard Knock Life and a lovely solo of that well known song from Annie namely Tomorrow. I would have loved to mentioned names, but  as there were no names in the programme except the production team  I didn’t want to make mistakes or just name only those I knew which would not be fair. All the songs and performances were expertly accompanied by Musical Director Linda Scott  with Kurt Vosper on the drums, and the majority of numbers were enhanced by lively Choreography from Jackie Webb, which was performed with expertise by the singers who appeared to be enjoying themselves and all looked well rehearsed.
Congratulations to all those who took part and to all those  involved in organising this entertaining slick concert which was enjoyed by the audience, especially the children’s parents who all looked very proud, which was a lovely way for the society to finish the year of celebrations for their fiftieth Anniversary. Thank you very much for inviting us we had a lovely evening.