Flint Street Nativity

Date 17th October 2015
Society Port Sunlight Players
Venue Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight
Type of Production Musical Play
Director Liz Sharp
Musical Director Greg Willams

Report

Author: Budge Grounsell

I expect most of us who have children have at some time or other attended their offsprings Christmas celebrations and seen the latest class of youngsters bringing their thespian talents to the school hall. Many may themselves have “trod the boards” in such a production. Whatever your own venture into this theatrical world you will doubtless be aware of the behind the scenes bickering over who should play what, the reluctance usually, from little boys, to “dressing up” and the difficulty of remembering lines and the stage directions given by an increasingly fraught teacher.

Well the writers of Flint Street obviously well aware of these problems have encapsulated them in this very funny musical play' giving the Port Sunlight Players the opportunity to provide their audience with a fine evenings entertainment and the cast to reincarnate themselves in the guise of small children which they did with great skill.

Liz Sharp demonstrated her directorial skills by using her players effectively and allowing them to display the required vocal and visual aspects to fit their specific roie. The Narrator twisting his jersey as kids do much to the dismay of his wife who later told me “it was a new jumper”. The feud between “Mary” and the “Gabriel” to the detriment of the doll playing Baby Jesus. “Herod” who was not going to be pushed around by anyone especially “Mary” and so many more small but significant characterisations all of which richly contributed to the fun.

The songs were good too and Greg Williams guiding hand was in evidence .If I had a criticism there were times when it was hard to catch all the words. I don't think Microphones were used and this I felt was a shame.

The Programme was excellent with photographs of all the players and Director when they of an age to have really been in a Nativity play. Props and Costumes were provided by Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company and certainly fitted the bill; Richie Clarke, Nathan Storm, Sarah Clarke. Doreen Burr, Marj Lunt, Judith McDade and Sarah-Jane Aston were on hand back stage to provide technical support. Well done to everyone concerned.