Don't Stop The Music

Date 2nd October 2015
Society CODY Musical Theatre Company
Venue Princes Hall Theatre Aldershot
Type of Production Musical Review
Director Charlotte Walker assisted by Christine White
Musical Director Graham Hix and Paul Tickner
Choreographer Lisa Fletcher, Huw Prall, April Timpson


Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

Director Charlotte Walker, assisted by Christine White really made the most of the talents in the society in this extravaganza of singing and dancing.  The intensity of the numbers necessitated two musical directors and three choreographers to cope with the sheer volume of songs. Starting from a blank canvas and with the help of hours of consultation with the production team, Charlotte, and the Musical Directors Graham Hix and Paul Tickner succeeded in producing an excellent  variety show  giving the actors the opportunity to show off their acting and singing ability. The energy and effort the cast portrayed was simply amazing. Music from shows not normally available to amateurs were executed with the polish expected of this talented company. Soloists of note were Graham Kirby-Smith, Kelly Gates, Sarah Lucken, Lisa Sharratt, Lily Walker, Emily Hall, Amanda Buchan, June Thomas, Issie Davis, Lucy Armes, Gary Oxenham, Ron Walker, Lucy Paynter, Sally-Anne Wilson, Mary Heath, Rob Tickner, and Richard Young, plus the excellent support of the entire Ensemble.  Musical Direction, Orchestra Graham Hix & Paul Tickner.  Choreography April Timpson, Huw Prall, and Lisa Fletcher created a lot of complicated moves with great aplomb. Stage Manager Mike Davall and his team were responsible for an appropriate simple set with excellent lighting by Melvyn Fryer.Very well done, it certainly was a very entertaining and happy evening enjoyed by a packed audience.