Oklahoma

Date 6th November 2013
Society Nottingham Operatic Society
Venue Theatre Royal Nottingham
Type of Production Musical
Director Denise Palin
Musical Director Stephen Williams
Choreographer Denise palin

Report

Author: Phil Williams

Denise has indicated her intention to take a break after this show and she is certainly bowing out in style with this excellent production. It was well prepared, with her attention to detail and smooth blending of movement and dance there as always. She will be a hard act to follow. Stephen’s expert hands provided a lovely interpretation with wonderful music from the pit and stage. There were many Society debuts on stage, not least Junior Harding and Lauren Gill with excellent portrayals of Curly and Laurey. Meng Khaw certainly marked his debut with a great performance as Jud while Grace Gallagher marked hers as a delightful Ado Annie and Rob Harrison made a very good Will. Simon Theobald gave us a super character performance as Ali,  likewise Alison Hope who was ideally cast as Aunt Eller. The chorus provided full enthusiastic support throughout and the choreography and dancing were a joy to watch, particularly the beautifully danced ballet sequence. James Masters work as dialogue coach and fight arranger was certainly appreciated.The set was fine as were the costumes and props and these together with the effective lighting added to the visual pleasure, while efficient backstage work kept the show moving. This was a very well prepared and well performed production and reflects great credit to the production team and performers.