Best of The Bohemians

Date 20th November 2021
Society Falkirk Bohemians Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue Bowhouse Community Hall
Type of Production Concert
Musical Director Jonny Graham

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Author: Elizabeth Donald

What a pleasure to sit back and be entertained by this talented company. Their excitement at performing once again to a real audience was palpable as was their energy and enthusiasm. Choosing to show the Best of the Bohemians, the company took us through well favoured numbers from well known shows that they have performed over the years. Starting with old favourites “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Rocking The Boat”, the company demonstrated that their vocals were in fine fettle in unison and in harmonies. The audience were immediately receptive and this set the tone for a joyous night.  Strong and confident soloists led some of the company numbers as well as characterising their own songs, “Come out of the Dumpster” and “Sister Act”. Ensembles had their own strength and razzamatazz in the likes of “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” and “Lady In the Long Black Dress” and wowed in “Hound Dog/Teddy Bear” with a toe-tapping audience. The first half closed with “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, an emotional song for many but just before the tears rolled an upbeat ending lifted us up. The second half opened with sing-along favourite “Oom Pah Pah” followed by a variety of well sung solos from “Grease” “My Fair Lady” and “Joseph”. The musical arrangement for three female soloists of “Secret Love” was particularly striking as were the characterisations in “Adelaide’s Lament” and “Little Girls”. A change of mood with the song “Enough is Enough” showing the versatility of the three ladies, set up for the evening’s climax – a bit of humour in an adult version of “So Long Farewell” and a beautiful arrangement for “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. All soloists – Kenny Walker, Joyce Gallagher, Stephanie Duncan, Katie Gardiner, Amy Grieve, Ian Davidson, Michael Coyne, Kirsty Meikle, Rebecca Anderson and Gordon, Colin, David, Lisa, Kirsten, Louise, Victoria, Shelley, Darren and Marianne - and all company members performed as if they had never been away. The venue and staging suited the cabaret concert and was complemented by sympathetic lighting and sound. The trio of musicians led by a talented Jonny Graham energised everyone. The audience were treated to a wonderful evening and left longing for more.