Calamity Jane

Date 28th March 2015
Society Airdrie & Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Musical
Director Thomas Gemmell
Musical Director Rebecca Keay
Choreographer Lisa Kennedy

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Author: David Black

Following recent successes with West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar, this year the Society reverted back to one of musical theatre’s best known and much loved classics, Calamity Jane. Suzanne Love provided an excellent performance as Calamity, skilfully characterising the hard-bitten, gun-totin' heroine with shades of Doris Day shining through as she eventually discovered her true love for Wild Bill Hickok, ably played with great confidence by Iain N Campbell. Lynn J Stewart was a most convincing stage-struck Katie Brown posing as Adelaide Adams to get her break in show business and Lieut. Danny Gilmartin was comfortably played by Patrick Rafferty. As the highly paid Vaudeville star Adelaide Adams, Linda Gouther captured the selfish and conceited character of the woman with Aaron Mooney making a competent Francis Fryer and Bill McCloy bringing his usual flair to the stage as Henry Miller, proprietor of ‘The Golden Garter’. All remaining principals provided great support to the production. The Ladies Chorus danced well throughout the show and the show dancers provided an impressive Can-Can routine in the ‘Golden Garter’. Direction and choreography created a slick artistic production with a well balanced orchestra pushing along the musical numbers at a good pace under the Musical Director’s baton. With great music and a well known story, this was a most enjoyable night at the theatre.