Hello Dolly

Date 21st April 2022
Society Alyth Musical Society
Venue Alyth Town Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Ewan Campbell
Musical Director Billy Muir
Choreographer Jenni Main
Written By Jerry Herman/Michael Stewart

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Author: Donna Bell

Well….. Hello, Dolly!

This trip to see Alyth Musical Society certainly did NOT disappoint. This production had all the elements required to deliver this classic matchmaking tale. The audience were treated to consistent accents, great characterisations and first class vocals from both the principal and ensemble casts.

Claire Mallinson was born to play the role of Dolly Levi - impressive in both her delivery of dialogue and song.  Her rendition of ‘Before The Parade Passes By’ was performed to perfection supported by the ensemble in fine voice. The staging and choreography for this number made the audience feel like they were part of the parade – if only I’d had a flag!  Never dropping character, she showed us both the comedic and loving side of Dolly. She had great rapport with all her fellow cast members particularly Horace Vandergelder who was cleverly portrayed by Andrew Beckett. One particular highlight during the show was his performance of ‘It Takes a Woman’ and ‘ Finale Ultimo’ when Dolly finally gets her catch.

Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker were played by Darren Gracey and Drew Knox who worked and interacted so well together as this iconic comedy duo. With Drew’s fantastic comic timing and Darren’s velvety vocals we were treated to many special moments throughout the production. The role of Millineress Irene Molloy was impeccably performed by Elaine Murray. Her emotional performance of ‘Ribbons Down My Back’ was one of the most memorable numbers of the evening.  Malloy’s side-kick Minnie Fay played by Steph Mackie was genius. Her characterisation was flawless and consistent giving us a captivating comical performance. Ambrose Kemper played by Gerrard Cameron and Ermengarde played by Karon West also gave notable performances.

The whole production was supported by a small but perfectly formed ensemble enhanced by an effective set, lavish wigs and costumes, sympathetic direction by Ewan Campbell, clever choreography by Jenni Main and a fantastic 9-piece live orchestra under the direction of MD Billy Muir.

I truly loved it from start to finish. Thanks for the invite. Congratulations to all!