A Do About Nothing Much

Date 24th April 2016
Society Driffield Musical Theatre
Venue Driffield Community Centre
Type of Production Concert
Director Kate Burniston
Musical Director David Cooper

Report

Author: Tony Harris

This concert was presented over three nights and had loose links to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death via the seven ages of man.

The choice of musical numbers was excellent and they were interspersed with some comedy sketches and numbers, making the show almost like a revue.  Two ballroom dancing slots also added to the variety of the evening.

A cast of thirteen worked hard throughout and the quality of their singing, under the direction of David Cooper, was very good.  Highlights for me were The Alphabet Song, based on some Mozart, 7 Deadly Sins (of Travelling Wilburys fame) - both of these full chorus numbers - and Sam Cooke’s Wonderful World.  Also standing out were Oh What a Circus from Evita, As Time Goes By and Victoria Wood’s The Ballad of Barry and Freda, performed in the week of her death.  Her Giving Notes was also very well performed and The Proclaimers I’m On My Way was a good finale.

Most of the sketches and comedy numbers worked well, especially a Dad’s Army segment which was very funny with recognisable performances.  Movement was kept simple and as a result was effective, as was the lighting.

The society set themselves some challenges with this show and I think that this entertaining evening proved that they were met.