1st December 2012
Barnsley Amateurs Musical Theatre Group
The Academy Theatre, Barnsley
Type of Production
Author: Les Smith
To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty the Queen, the first half of this programme was devoted to The Jubilee years from the 1950s to the 2000s which was an eclectic mix of all the favourite numbers such as Rock Around the Clock, The Sound of Silence, One Voice and a selection from Les Miserables and one of my favourites, a wonderful close harmony rendition of Mr Sandman.
All this started with a projected back drop of The Golden Coach which was used for the Coronation of Her Majesty followed by very effective but simple projections to show the various decades.
The second half of this show was entirely Christmas themed and included some really good new numbers, or at least new to me, one of which was Gabriel’s Voice which was performed beautifully by the cast, there was also a new version of C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. which had a more religious theme rather than the other version of all the more commercial items of Christmas such as candy canes and Santa’s beard etc. All these were interspersed by the more well known songs such as Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas; We Need a Little Christmas as well as the carols Away in a Manger, Silent Night etc.
The show included some very talented youngsters who joined the adults for various songs and also had quite a few of their own numbers which they performed really well; they all showed great enthusiasm and certainly played to the audience but not in a precocious way.
This was a new venue for Barnsley MTG who worked extremely well using the limited space to their advantage, the stage never appeared crowded and Carol Higgins used some very simple but effective patterns and moves to create a really warm atmosphere on a cold winter’s night.