|Date||26th March 2019|
|Society||Bilston Operatic Company|
|Venue||The Dormston Theatre|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Director||Laura Canadine. Assistant: Jo Evans|
|Musical Director||Ben Batt|
Author: Jean Beard
The young people of Bilston Youth Company burst on to the stage with such energy that it made the audience feel tired just watching them and that energy didn’t stop until the final curtain.
The show was well cast but Sally Griffiths in the role of Paulette, the hairdresser, stole her scenes and her beautiful voice was a pleasure to listen to. Everyone on stage gave their all and the Company goes from strength to strength.
Also making the most of his part as the UPS Delivery Guy Ben Evans certainly didn’t miss any opportunity to make the girls swoon and scream.
Colourful costumes and minimal scenery, efficiently changed, added to the view of the stage. Choreography was imaginative and well within the scope of the chorus and dancers.
On the minus side the sound was not good on opening night but I understand this was corrected for other performances. Also, as so very often happens at amateur productions, the orchestra was too loud and at times the soloists on stage had to work extra hard to be heard. Not really fair when all the performers are giving their services free and the orchestra and sound get paid.
Having said all of that Laura and Jo and the Youth can be proud of this production. The full house audience cheered and everyone went away full of enthusiasm for the performances.