FROM LONDON'S WEST END TO HAWORTH WEST LANE
5th May 2017
Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society
Haworth West Lane Baptist Church
Type of Production
E Christine Ingham
Author: Sally Holmes
What a great evening’s entertainment from Haworth West Lane Baptist AOS. The West Lane Baptist Church was “transformed”, and we found ourselves at the “Oscars” – complete with red carpet!
We were off to a great start with Ron McGill, Tim Bastow and Peter Robinson sweeping the red carpet in true “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” style – and then the “stars” of the evening arrived to give us some truly great renditions of well-loved songs from 100 years of great musicals.
I particularly liked the selection they chose, as it’s not the “normal”/”regular” tunes that you often hear in these type of shows.
The first half started with a selection from Kiss Me Kate, following by a couple of numbers from Calamity Jane. “The Black Hills of Dakota” certainly had all the audience singing along with them in the chorus.
“Annie Get Your Gun” followed, then “If I loved you” from Carousel.
Act One finished with “One” from “A Chorus Line”, and then a few numbers from “West Side Story” – with some lovely duets and full chorus singing. A special mention must go to the 2 ladies (Charissa Hutchins & Gill Dobson) who sang “A Boy Like That” – a particular favourite of mine (not often heard sung in a cabaret type setting), which was sung beautifully.
All the audience were included again with a rousing rendition of “Oklahoma” at the start of Act Two.
Janine McAndrew gave us a very moving rendition of “Something Wonderful” from “The King & I”.
Next we moved onto “The Student Prince” [Deep in my heart] and “The White Horse Inn” – which again gave the audience a chance to join in a rousing rendition of the title song. I was quite proud of the fact that I didn’t need my song sheet for this – and the last time I probably sang it I was only around 6 or 7 years old!
There was a lovely selection from “My Fair Lady”, again with lovely solo’s and chorus singing, however the next 3 items on the programme were the highlight of the evening for me.
James Gill gave an absolutely splendid rendition of “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love. He delivered this song with absolute clarity in his diction – well done James, you deserved the round of applause you received!
“I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear The People Sing?” from Les Miserables were sung beautifully – this group of people can certainly make a joyful sound
Their finale piece was “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music” – this certainly raised the roof, and the evening ended with rapturous applause from every member of the audience.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the production. It was lovely to see the church so full with such an enthusiastic audience.