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M.A.M.A Revue 2018

Date

19th January 2018

Society

Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association

Venue

Brunton Theater Musselburgh

Type of Production

Revue

Director

Lisa McLeod

Musical Director

Laura Paterson

Choreographer

Lisa MvLeod

Report

Author: Dorothy Johnstone

Celebration was a most fitting title for this fun packed evening of well chosen and well known musical numbers delivered with verve and enthusiasm by a cast of all ages from young children to the more mature stalwarts of the society creating a relaxed, happy atmosphere on stage and in the auditorium.

The opening section ‘Jukebox’ got the evening off to a cracking start with ‘Oh What A Night ‘ followed by the male chorus serenading the ladies in ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ and then a rolicking ‘Rockin’ Robin’. Carla’s personality shone through in ‘Stupid Cupid’ with the lively ‘Shoop Shoop Song’ bringing this section to a close. The choreographed dropping money into a jukekbox to change the tunes was a clever, neat touch.

A selection of numbers from ‘The World’ followed where we heard some fine solo work. ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ was sung with passion by Fiona and Lynsey’s ‘Walking in Memphis’ was stunning. Dougal’s ‘Galway Girl’ and Bob’s ‘On An Evening In Roma’ were also most enjoyable. A small ensemble delivered a powerful ‘Budapest’ while ‘Africa’ with the full company created a great sound.

More fun and humour in the ‘Scotland’ section with an amusing ‘Letter From America’ and ‘Let’s Get Married.’ Lulus’s ‘Shout’ was brilliantly delivered by one of the more mature ladies and was very well received by the audience.

Act 2 began with a selection of favourites from ’Musicals.’ Anna, Cathy and Evelyn never let us down and they were in fine form in ‘Gotta Get A Gimmick’ dressed as strippers and with no inhibitions. ‘Master Of The House/Stars’ is always a winner and was followed by Claire’s most enjoyable rendition of ‘There’s A Fine, Fine Line.’

Jenna and the company were in excellent voice in ‘Windy City’ and Dougal’s ‘Higher Than A Hawk’ giving us a taste of the forthcoming production of Calamity Jane. A most energetic ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ concluded this part of the programme.

The final section ‘Party’ brought the evening which had a party atmosphere throughout to a lively conclusion. An accomplished ensemble blended really well singing ‘September’ while ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’ really did sum up the evenings entertainment. I did enjoy the slower version of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ contrasting well with the sparkly, dynamic ‘Love Shack’ which closed the programme.

This was a most enjoyable revue giving great opportunities to the many talented members of all ages to shine.