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On The Air!

Date

16th May 2014

Society

Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society

Venue

West Lane Baptist Chapel, Haworth

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Christine Ingham (Director) & Michael Lofthouse (Director of Tribute)

Musical Director

Pam Dimbleby

Report

Author: Sally Holmes

This was my first visit to the Bronte village of Haworth on their “Forties Weekend”.  The Haworth West Lane Baptist AOS very much contributed to the whole atmosphere of the weekend with their wartime revue “On The Air”.  The fictional BBC Home Service “wireless programme” was broadcasting to the rest of the country, complete with their very own BBC Anchorman!

The audience was invited to ‘take a light-hearted look at the way we were in the 1940’s with music, drama and a bit of humour’.  All of this was in abundance all the way through the production, with great audience participation throughout.  It really did lift our spirits.

Act 1 concentrated on World War II nostalgia.  There were some lovely sketches and monologues and a particular mention must go to Jasmine Colgan (age 11) who sang a beautiful solo and brought a tear to the eye.  There were also lovely harmonies when the chorus sang “We’ll Gather Lilacs”.

Following a “rayt good cup o’ tea” during the interval, where the cast were mingling with the audience in their authentic costumes which had been produced by themselves, Act 2 began with a wonderfully moving tribute to remember the centenary of World War I. 

The back projection was most effective.  After more “community singing” in the style of a Music Hall medley there were further marvellous performances, in particular the lovely clarinet solo from Karen Ballantyne during the chorus singing “Tico, Tico”. With a finale of an encore of “We’ll Meet Again” this production was enjoyed by everyone – audience and cast alike.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful evening’s entertainment.