In Musical Company

Date 7th August 2012
Society Edinburgh Music Theatre Company Ltd.
Venue St. Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh
Type of Production Concert/Revue?
Director Michael Richardson
Musical Director Neil Metcalfe?

Report

Author: Dorothy Johnstone

Choreographer: Christopher Cameron

EMT came to life 30 years ago and the programme for this concert contained some of the memorable numbers from some of the musicals performed over the years. We were treated to a varied selection from ever popular shows such as 'Anything Goes', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'My Fair Lady', 'West Side Story' and 'Fiddler on the Roof' as well as perhaps less frequently performed shows such as 'Sweeney Todd', 'Company', 'A Chorus Line', 'Hair', 'Damn Yankees', 'Godspell' and 'Rent'. I have come to expect very high standards from EMT and was not disappointed. Solo, ensemble work and chorus numbers were all very well delivered and a delight to listen to. It would be unfair to single out any one person or number as the standard was consistently high throughout. Movement too was well suited to the mood of the numbers and the programme flowed effortlessly and seamlessly. The final 'Circle of Life' involving the whole company was stirring and one of the highlights of the evening.
As in their production of ' Sweeney Todd ' earlier this year, the entire cast used integrated sign language (BSL) throughout .This development adopted by the company is fascinating to watch and I have the greatest admiration for the time and effort that must be needed to master this skill.
The opening number of the evening was taken from 'How to succeed in business without really trying' giving us a taster of their next production which I look forward to very much. A most enjoyable and well presented evening.