Musical Memories

Date 27th November 2015
Society Aldridge Musical Comedy Society
Venue Red Rose Theatre Rugeley
Type of Production Concert
Director Neil Morris
Musical Director Mark Bayliss
Choreographer Sarah Hemming


Author: Brian Hirst

The items for this concert came from suggestions from the cast and a well balanced programme it turned out to be. There was a good selection of solos, duets, ensembles, full chorus and dances. It was also a mix of well known and not so well known items. The production team should be congratulated on making the best use of the small performance area available.

Sarah Hemming’s choreography was crisp and well executed particularly in the dance number Rich Man’s Frug from Sweet Charity. There was some strong chorus singing and this was evidenced in A Christmas Carol from Scrooge. There was also a very energetic rendering of Step in Time from Mary Poppins. Duets ranged from the amusing Song That Goes Like This from Spamalot performed well by Kerry Flint and Chris Parry to the gentler By My Side from Godspell sung by Hattie Sketchley – Bates and Claire Oatley who also accompanied it on guitar. Danny Teitge and Samantha Jones showed what fine singing voices they have as did Chris Parry. Beth Flint was delightful as Belle in the song of the same name from Beauty and the Beast. There were some well performed solos throughout the concert and all of them were a credit to the singer. The concert ended with a number from Thoroughly Modern Millie which is the company’s next show.

It was obvious that some thought and ingenuity had gone into the costume plot by Sarah Carter and it certainly paid off.

There was good use of lighting and sound and it was well supported by the trio in the pit. Well done to everyone concerned!