Magic of the Musicals

Date 4th May 2019
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
Type of Production Concert
Director Sarah Rowberry and Sam Stokes
Musical Director Jenni Axtell
Choreographer Sarah Rowberry and Sam Stokes

Report

Author: Louise Hickey

This was a new venture for HMTC; instead of their usual spring production, they opted for a concert instead. It was apt that the show opened with songs from the King and I, the show that unfortunately was replaced by the concert. Sarah Philips made a lovely Anna with the Youth Group ensemble making the robust and enthusiastic children. The Oklahoma selection of songs were lovely and enthusiastic. The Youth Group were spot on during the Annie section and the girls certainly gave Amber Alexander the runaround during her rendition of ‘Little Girls’ when she made a very convincing Miss Hannigan. 

The Witches of Eastwick selection sung brilliantly by Trudy Connolly, Sarah Rowberry, Sam Stokes and Richard Davies was lively and well executed. The musicality in this section was delightful.

It was a pleasure to see the youngsters reprise their Wind in the Willows numbers and to hear the development of the young voices too. The finale of act one was dedicated to the Sound of Music which again was lovely. Hollie Edwards did an excellent job of ‘I have confidence’, although if she had stood still a little more, she may have been able to portray the role slightly better, but this certainly was a great number for her.  Richard Davies sang ‘Edelweiss’ beautifully. ‘So Long, Farewell’ was a great way for the Youth Group to finish their part in the show and they were quite rightly given the applause they deserved.

The second half of the evening was dedicated to shows that hadn’t all been performed by HMTC but the soloists certainly made the songs their own. Sam and Shay sang ‘Good Morning’, with the sofa scene included, and this song suited both them very well. The Chicago numbers were great, especially ‘I Can’t do it Alone’ and the ‘Cell Block Tango’.

The Carousel numbers went from happy to sad in about 5 minutes which is exactly what the show is all about and it had the same effect as always. This was then followed by a selection from Miss Saigon; Trudy Connolly and Ellen Jones beautifully led the ensemble with ‘The Movie in my Mind’ followed by Ellen and Sophie Cash singing the emotionally charged duet ‘I still Believe’ and finally Trudy gave a heartbreaking rendition of ‘I’d Give my Life for You’. This was a fabulous selection and moved many of the audience to tears.

The finale from the full ensemble was Les Misérables rousing songs ‘Do you hear the People Sing’ and ‘One Day More’ to draw the evening to a suitable end. This was a great programme of musical numbers which I am sure thrilled the audience with the variety.