I Do

Date 14th May 2022
Society Three Towns Theatre Company
Venue Brooke Theatre, Chatham
Type of Production Musical
Director Samatha Grace
Musical Director Suzanne Crossley
Choreographer Katy Michaelides
Written By Samatha Grace

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Author: Gordon Harris

Have you ever been to a wedding where everything goes wrong? Well, I have. Three Towns Theatre Company made my worst dreams come true on Saturday afternoon!

Entering the theatre, dressed as a wedding venue, (clever that) ushered to our seats with a table and an order of service. Samantha Grace’s self-penned ‘I Do” was a sort of compilation musical, more like ‘The Play That Goes Wrong' and 'Magic Goes Wrong’: what a great concept. Thank you, Samantha, for writing this and bringing it to fruition for us all to see. 

It’s a wedding reception theme and the marriage of Maddie’s (Samantha Grace) mother Martha (Debra Harrold) and her father Guy (Tony Harrold) who are at loggerheads with one another. Excellent performances from these three, both in dialogue and singing. Exceptional performances from Gwyneth Loft as Genevieve Carter and Emma Barnes as Summer Evens - mother and daughter. Backed up by great character performances from Geoff Coote (Perry) and Debbie Davies as his downtrodden wife Abigale. Of course, they would be nothing without a talented supporting company. Karen Martin as the bossy Lily Brown event organizer. Her helpers Elisabeth Harrold, Isobella Coady, Ellie Dean, John Bishop, the camp character Derek Jarvis played it just right, as did Sam Cura as the photographer, Janet Turner and Julie Bonner. If I had an accolade to give for performance it would go to Diane Martin the matriarch of TTTC as grandmother Agatha - what a sterling performance from Diane. The Flower Girls and the Guests all supporting these and making this ‘I Do’ a joy to watch.

Musical Director Suzanne Crossley fronted a superb band, with musical songs intertwined into the plot. Katy Michaelides gave us some effective dance routines including a great tap number..well done Katy.

Just one little gripe. Dialogue in some places was a little slow.

Samantha you should be very proud of yourself and your cast for a well rounded production of your ‘I Do’.