Encore - A Musical Revue

Date 30th April 2015
Society City of Plymouth Theatre Company
Venue Devonport Playhouse
Type of Production Revue
Director Angela Collins
Musical Director Gary Hawkins
Choreographer Angela Collins

Report

Author: Michael Simpson

This was a revue par exellance. It is always more difficult to put such a show together than a major show, more songs to learn, movement and dance to perfect and more ideas to come up with. Everything in this production flowed effortlessly which means a great deal of effort had been put in at rehearsals. There was a wonderful selection of show stoppers from Mack and Mabel through to Sweeney Todd and many more old favourites in-between. These were interspersed with one line jokes and some marvellous comedy vignettes these were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience especially ‘The Twelve days of Easter’ and ‘The Motor Car.’ It is a pity the writer had not been credited. As always with this company, singing and dancing is of the highest quality.

At this point I must make mention of the children, a very talented little group who sang from the ‘Sound of Music’ beautifully and also the two boys who performed ‘ Consider Yourself’ from Oliver with such confidence. Two very good actors in the making, I have no doubt. Because of the range of musicals performed, everyone had a chance to shine, especially in the tap routines and the big chorus numbers such as Barnum. Some lesser known songs from Wicked, The Secret Garden and Sweeny Todd added interest to the evening and were much appreciated by a capacity audience.

Although staging was limited but the lighting on the stage area was excellent and was used to great effect. The small band was ideal for this sort of show and the costumes by the company were beautiful. The whole cast and back stage team should be congratulated on a great show.