Celebration 2012

Date 5th October 2012
Society IODS Theatre Company
Venue Spa Pavillion Theatre, Felixstowe
Type of Production Concert
Director Mike Wren
Musical Director Mike Wren


Author: Catherine Dixey

Celebration 2012 was a bit of a change from IODS popular Sounds Familiar of previous years; but it was certainly a celebration of all your favourite songs in this gala performance. It was decided to produce a concert without the usual choreography and multitude of costumes due to the uncertain future of the Spa Pavilion Theatre, so that the show could be moved to another venue at short notice if necessary. So, let’s hope we soon hear some good news in the near future revoking the impending closure decision on this, our beloved theatre, in Felixstowe.
IODS produced a show which combined selections from Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim and many others along with some more recent works from Andrew Lloyd-Webber and a selection from Queen. There were so many favourites from shows like Phantom, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls; the list went on and on.
The musical arrangements were put together by the very talented team of Andrew Burke, Mike Wren and Richard Healey and ran seamlessly from one song to another. The 6 piece band under the direction of Mike gave us superb accompaniment. Mike also directed the production and was assisted by Bridget Jackaman and Stephanie Brown. Although the cast only had one costume change in the second half, Pam White did a smashing job; the men all looked very smart and the ladies very colourful. The lighting by Dave Whiting and his team was effective in producing the changes in mood for each song onto a plain backdrop.
The cast of 47 adults and 15 children produced some powerful songs and amazing harmonies. IODS use this format to give all their members who wish to do so the opportunity of performing solos and duets, which is a brilliant way of encouraging some individuals who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance. With such talent on show, it would be unfair to single out individual numbers with such a high standard of singing across the whole production, but I should perhaps highlight, for the sake of diversity, a very funny and entertaining piece from Spamalot and a most convincing Elvis tribute.
It will remain an unforgettable evening of nostalgia, with congratulations to all concerned in this Celebration. Many thanks for your hospitality and welcome.