MUSICAL OF MUSICALS – A Concert

Date 2nd June 2017
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue RHYL LITTLE THEATRE
Director Jessica Griffiths & Rhiannon Gordon
Musical Director Craig Price
Choreographer Gail Astle

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

I love cocktails, and the cocktail of musical theatre Rhyl & District MTC served up with this production was a real tonic. There was something for everyone in the well-chosen varied programme which was greatly appreciated by the audience.

The opening number got the evening off to a good start with a contribution from young Mali Barrett introducing us to a Mama Mia Medley with ‘I have a Dream’ followed by a slick vibrant opening from the full company of the title number. Lovely ‘Anthem’ from Chess, from Craig Lee Jones. Nostalgic moments from the Rogers and Hammerstein items and a spectacular tap routine from that favourite ‘Anything Goes’. The Directors cleverly introduced a group of talented children into the programme with a number ‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American Tale featuring solos from young Molly King-Sheard and Amalia Noble followed by a Family orientated contribution from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Drew, Amalia, Holden and Becky Noble. Jersey Boys Medley was a favourite with the audience – loved the colourful suave jackets chaps!!. Oliver featured in the first Act with an excellent arrangement of ‘Who Will Buy’ by the whole company,– great chorus work and choreography in this item. Mary Poppins brought a superb first half to a close.

A taste of the Company’s next production in November 2017 of Jeckyll & Hyde opened Act 2 with a very strong rendering of Façade, followed by a very powerful ‘Once We Were Kings’ from Billy Elliot. Matilda is always popular with youngsters and soloists Lily Williams, Marney Bailey-Wison, and Lily and Ava Tudball, together with all the children led by Olivia Gordon, gave us a convincing ‘When I Grow Up’. George Kelly shone in his contribution from La Cage Aux Folles with a very strong ‘Iam What Iam’, a highlight of the evening. As well as a ‘Beautiful’ Medley, the adult Company treated us to the ever popular Saturday Night Fever (Dance) together with a very touching item by again the full adult Company, ‘This Man’ from Chaplin. There were many other excellent performances from members of the Company in both Act 1 and Act 2 but space unfortunately is limited. The Company were appropriately dressed for this Concert of the best of Musical Theatre, in semi - formal attire and the set and lighting enhanced the entertainment from the onset, with Directors and Choreographer making full use of the space available. 

I must mention all the children who each performed with discipline and professionalism and added that touch of sparkle to the entire production. Amalia and Holden Noble, Harvey Sprake, Ava and Lily Tudball, Grace Williams, Lily Williams Summer Bamber-Healy, Pheobe Woosnam, Mali Barrett, Molly King-Sheard, Marney Wilson-Bailey. I am sure we will hear great things about you all in the future, thank you all of you. Congratulations to all involved in a spectacular Musical of Musicals – full marks it was awesome. Thank you all.