Half a Sixpence

Date 8th November 2013
Society Worthing Musical Comedy Society
Venue The Connaught Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Lee Payne
Musical Director Nigel Newman
Choreographer Terri Geal

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Author: Jose Harrison

This version of ‘Half A Sixpence’ still delivers on the story line which follows Arthur Kipps's rise from penniless shop boy to rich young man about town, through the loss of his money to the final realisation of where his heart truly lies. I have to say that I missed one or two of the songs in the older version such as ‘The Old Military Canal’ and Ann's wistful ‘I Only Want A Little House’ but overall feel the new version is an improvement. The first star of this production was Terri Geal, the choreographer, whose dance routines were so spectacular and performed to such perfection by all the chorus and principals. The other star of this delightful show was Dan Smith who was the perfect Kipps singing, dancing and acting brilliantly. Andy Robert gave an outstanding and highly humorous performance as Chitterlow and Victoria Emerson gave a very moving portrayal of Ann, Kipps first love.  Her singing was a delight.  Caroline Lowe, Tony Bright and Katie Newman were all very convincing as The Walsingham family and all the other principals performed very well. The set had been carefully thought out and the back stage crew made a good team enabling the many scene changes to take place without disrupting the action. The costumes, hairstyles and accessories were appropriately stylish for that era and the lighting excellent. The brass instruments rather overwhelmed both dialogue and vocals at the start but the otherwise supportive orchestra were a joy and with most of the well-known songs associated with ‘Half a Sixpence’ still in place there was a lot for a very happy audience to hum as they left the theatre.