Anything Goes

Date 18th October 2013
Society Beaconsfield Operatic Society
Venue Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Type of Production Musical
Director David Cooper
Musical Director Bob Crabtree
Choreographer Kathleen Holdroyd

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Author: Jim Graham

The SS American set sail from New York, docking at the Phoenix Theatre for a short visit.  This favourite Cole Porter musical was presented by the hard working company, well drilled by Dave Cooper to utilise the hilarious script to the limit.  The whole cast ensured that the pace and comedy was well maintained throughout.  Everyone from principals to chorus, including the dancing troupe, looked well groomed - especially remembering that passengers on board luxury liners are meant to be wealthy.

I was a little disappointed in the opening sequence in the bar as the lighting was too dim to discern features; otherwise lighting was fine.  Beaconsfield, like most Societies, has its stalwarts on stage.  However I was also pleased to see some newcomers in the cast.  Kath Dryden gave an excellent performance as Reno Sweeney, with Rich Wilson performing well as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, and Andrew Herron singing nicely as Billy Crocker.  Good performances also came from Michael Douglas (Elisha Whitney) and Bob Douglas as the Captain (no relation to my knowledge).  Mention must be made of Lyndsy Spark, playing and singing a demure and sweet Hope Harcourt.  Peter Boyd gave an almost over the top performance as Moonface Martin, and sang “Be Like The Bluebird” very well.  The full company numbers completing Act 1 and Act 2 were both approvingly received by the audience –sadly not a full house but still an appreciative one.

Music under the control of Bob Crabtree for the last time was controlled and gentle, not overpowering the singing at all.  Enjoy your retirement Bob.