Date 21st November 2015
Society Richmond Operatic Society
Venue Richmond Georgian Theatre Royal
Type of Production Concert
Director John Holliday and Karen Brunyee


Author: Peter Parlour

This show was a take-off that TV Show. Every now and then Societies have to produce this type of Variety Show to give the up and coming players a chance to perform in front of an audience.  There were quite a few making a debut in this production, and how well they performed.

We had songs from 25 shows, some well-known and some I didn’t know, and some shows I knew. It was good the way they did it, with the first half as a rehearsal of the show. The soloists were singing their songs whilst the chorus behind them were moving about, reading their scripts or listening to their song, with the stage manager fussing about organising the next act, or telling them of future events. It could have been very distracting for the performers.  They were in casual every day type clothes.

In the second act it was the Show, and they were all smartly dressed. There were many good performances, particularly from Deborah Wilson who sang from ‘Spamalot’ and ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ from ‘Evita’.  Liz McDougal sang ‘On My Own’ from ‘Les Miserables’, and ‘I Know Him So Well’  from ’Chess’. John Holliday sang from ‘Chicago’ and was joined by Rebecca Wem, one of the juniors, in a song from the ‘Jungle Book’ very well indeed. The stage manager, Dan Connelly, chipped in with a few small songs. The junior cast, namely Tilly Raper, Zoe Greave , Grace Macfarlane, Miri  Crawshaw, Alistair Lunn and Rebecca Wem, performed  from  ‘Annie’  very confidently indeed. These young people will be the stars of the future. One of Richmond’s  greatest assets is its Chorus Line. They have always had a very strong Chorus, and in this show they really excelled in bringing the first half to a close with that wonderful ‘One Day More’ from ‘Les Miserables’ and sang it again as an encore at the end of the show. It was an excellent evening’s entertainment and well worth braving the cold for. Well done John and Karen, your idea really worked. I’m sorry I can’t mention everyone, but you performed excellently. Well done.