All Together Now!

Date 12th November 2021
Society Opus Theatre Club
Venue Brechin City Hall
Type of Production Concert
Director Liz Smith
Musical Director Gordon Smith
Choreographer Liz Smith
Producer Gordon Smith

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Author: Stuart McCue-Dick

After 616 days it was lovely to receive such a warm welcome to Brechin City Hall for our first show visit since March 2020. The lovely supper and the chance to catch up with the cast, crew and production team afterwards was also very much appreciated.

All Together Now! was the idea of rights holders Musical Theatre International to bring together amateur theatre clubs from all over the word to celebrate the gradual return of groups to performing. Groups were able, over the same weekend, to select a programme from a list of specially selected songs from a range of traditional and more modern shows – many not usually available for amateurs to perform.

From the opening ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate to the rousing finale of ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray this was a wonderful evening of musical theatre that was enjoyed buy the appreciative audience. The narration provided by Musical Director Gordon Smith set the context of the various songs and helped to provide a continuity to the evening allowing cast where necessary to change costumes or props to be brought on stage.

The cast of 18 were in fine voice with some lovely harmonies and the movement never detracted from the singing. It was obvious from their reaction just how much it meant to them to finally be able to perform once again in front of a live audience. The professional backing tracks provided by MTI only helped enhance the evening’s enjoyment.

The programme selected by the club had something for everyone from the well know ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie and ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ from Guys and Dolls to the more up to date ‘Stop the World’ from Come from Away and ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen. The very nature of the programme would make it remiss of me to single out any single performer suffice to say no one put a foot wrong and delivered a superb evening of entertainment.

Well done to all involved in the show for bringing back live musical theatre to Brechin – keep up the good work and we look forward to our future visits.