Curtain Up

Date 26th July 2016
Society Llandudno Musical Productions
Venue Llandudno Town Hall
Director Malc Anglesea, Rebecca Ceballos, Lara Crawford, Sam Highcock, Jamie Toffrey

Report

Author: Jackie Titley on behalf of Lyn Emmerson

The Company was formed by an amalgamation in 2003 of two of |Llandudno’s amateur companies, Llandudno Operatic Society and Llandudno Musical Players.

Congratulations to everyone, not least on your commitment to a weekly, three month run. Inevitably this was a slick, well polished performance by everyone. No scenery required and smart black costumes livened by colourful scarves. The show held our interest by the large variety of music, choreographed numbers and interesting grouping throughout.

There were 28 numbers, all from different shows which gave the variety. This gave opportunity for all of the performers to have their solo numbers and we were delighted to listen to and watch a talented company. The show opened with a very strong rendition of “The Circle of Life” accompanied by simple, effective moves. This made us sit up and realise this was going to be a great evening. The songs were not accredited to named singers, therefore I have to congratulate all of the cast collectively.

There was a nice balance of voices in “When I Grow Up” from Matilda and comedy in the “Perfect Nanny” from Mary Poppins. An imaginative use of ‘plungers’ in “Hard Knock Life” from Annie. So the evening progressed, lovely voices in “Seasons of Love” from RENT, nice grouping in “Moon River” and a lovely build of atmosphere and musical arrangement of “Stars” from Les Miserables. We had audience participation in the “Hand Jive” from Grease, which was quick and effective. The first half ended with air guitars in “Bohemian Rhapsody” from We Will Rock You. There was plenty of variety to give the audience lots to watch.

Again, the second half opened with a very strong rendition of blues, jazz number “Light at the End of the Tunnel” from Starlight Express. Yet again, a change of grouping and choreography of Freeze coupling in “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” from Evita. And so the evening continued, ending with “Goodbye” from The Producers. It was obvious throughout that the company were really enjoying their evening and this was shared with us, the audience.

Well done everyone, a most enjoyable evening was had by all, and I am sure it would have been the same for the whole three months, entertaining locals and visitors to Llandudno.