Let's Go to the Movies

Date 4th July 2015
Society Orchard Players
Venue Capel St Mary Village Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Cheryll Burton & Linda Garrad
Choreographer Bex Nicholls Cheryll Burton and members of the cast


Author: Ann Platten

The concept of the show was a mixture of songs from well known movies, to include both adult and junior members of the society, with narration in between groupings.

A lot of preparation, thought, and work had gone into the choices of songs from way back films up to the present day.

In Act 1 the range from “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” through to a selection including “ Bugsy Malone”with the Junior members, ”Bang Bang ( The Great Gatsby) and ending with “Singing in the Rain” was enjoyable.

There were lots of soloist’s to name them all and generally all performed very well, however I would have liked to see rather more expression on some faces, especially when performing solo’s, which adds a brightness and brings a song to life.

Some of the numbers were quite difficult and challenging, and there was a tentative start to some.

The dance routines were very good and the company did very well.The age ranges of the juniors included some quite young children and I did feel they were stretched coping with singing and dancing,

 I commend Cheryll and Linda for all their hard work and encouragement with the younger people and having some of the older girls choreographing numbers which gives them confidence and an added interest to take part in the shows.

In Act 11 starting with “76 Trombones” from “The Music Man” the sound levels varied rather, but a very packed act with some great songs from “Oliver”,

“Moulin Rouge””Skyfall””Armageddon,” to name just some.

For me the star performances came from Gary Burton and Becky Thomas singing“Come what May”, and “Out of Reach” with Hanna Herschell and Lynn Perera.

Both these numbers had meaning and were sung with feeling and Bex Nicholls really excelled with the lovely “Skyfall” from the Bond movie, beautifully sung as did Linda Garrad with “ Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from “Armageddon”.

The show finished with “Happy” a jolly number which we hear so much on TV.

Again great work from Cheryll and Linda with the company, and as always we need our more senior members for experience and confidence to back the young people.

A really hot afternoon for the company to perform and then follow it again in the evening.

Well done to you all,and I see from the programme you are already looking to the next production “Peter Pan” the pantomime.Forward thinking so essential to keep up your reputation and committment to Musical Theatre.