Gypsy

Date 6th April 2017
Society LOS Musical Theatre
Venue Lewes Town Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Thomas Hackett
Musical Director Carl Greenwood
Choreographer Thomas Hackett

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Author: Brenda Gower

This was a vibrant production of this interesting show, with a very good cast led by Jane James as Rose, the mother of Louise and June.  It's a wonderfully entertaining moralistic story in a way, warning every mother how not to put her daughter on the stage!  I guess there are pushy stage mothers out there but Rose must have been the pushiest and Jane's interpretation of this character was absolutely right, using her strong voice to great effect.  

Excellent performances from Joanna Thomas as Louise and Lamiah Davey as June, both characters being extremely well described, with Guy Pimble giving  a great performance as Herbie.  

Vaudeville is essentially the genre where the girls show quite a bit of bare flesh and well done to the girls of LOS who were prepared to wear this type of costume, which didn't leave much to the imagination!  Louise Hackett, Kate Long and Mel Stoner are to be congratulated as Tessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra, especially with the song "You Gotta Get a Gimmick!"  All those playing the other parts along with the Child and Adult Companies, gave great value and everyone was well dressed (in some cases well undressed!) by the excellent wardrobe team.  

The list of those working backstage is endless and all these folk are so necessary to ensure that things go smoothly, as they certainly did.  Chowsy the dog must also have a mention, played so well by Alfie!  Congratulations to all and particularly to Director/Choreographer Thomas Hackett, MD Carl Greenwood with the assistance of Production Assistant Louise Hackett.