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Grand Centenary Show

Date

22nd March 2018

Society

Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

Venue

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Eileen Horner

Musical Director

David Root

Choreographer

Julie Harwood/Louise Rainford

Report

Author: Jacqui Hartley

A perfect antidote for a winter evening, a wonderfully contrasting and varied programme including some hilarious comic interludes.  This was excitingly staged, beautifully costumed and strikingly lit.  For their "Grand Centenary Show" Hebden Bridge Light Opera pulled out all the stops with this meticulous complilation of musical numbers that covered several eras.

An air of confidence shone out over this production, with a stage full of brilliant soloists each contributing something special.  Alphabetically speaking Patricia Brennen, Richard Cook, Steven Greenwood, Ian Moorhouse and Anne Wioodhouse all performed top numbers from all the shows we know and love so well.  They had a good backing from a strong singing chorus.

Hebden had a great set of Juniors, four Girls and four boys, they had their own little sections including one from "Annie".  The two brothers Jago Jowan Thomas-Jones gave a delightful duet "We're a Couple of Swells" from Easter Parade.

The four smiling young, but confident dancers performed three choreographed dances including a top tap number.

The trio of Musicians were quite adequate and complimented the singing beautifully.

Their finale with all the solists contributing to a superb excerpt from Les Miserables, it made your toes tingle, along with all the ladies dressed in various shades of turquoise was a perfect finish.

Congratulations on your Centenary Year, a perfect production to celebrate one hundred years of musical theatre.