Rock of Ages

Date 17th March 2017
Society Airdrie & Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Sir John Wilson Town Hall, Airdrie
Type of Production Musical
Director Thomas Gemmell
Musical Director Ross Angus
Choreographer Lisa Kennedy

Report

Author: David Black

This was quite a different show for the Society and was certainly a first for me.  Built around classic rock songs of the 1980s, from famous glam metal bands, Rock of Ages featured songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and other well-known rock bands.  Steven Struthers brilliantly captured the part of the narrator Lonny skilfully adlibbing and engaging with members of the audience, often at their expense.  Elish Brand provided a great performance as Sherrie who hoped to make it big in acting but instead fell into becoming an exotic dancer.  Dale Crombie performed well as aspiring rocker Drew and Craig Carter provided great magnetism as rock star Stacee Jaxx.  As Hertz Kilinemann the German Developer, Iain Campbell was well paired with Ross Baxter-McGee who provided a highly amusing camp portrayal of Franz, his son, as they persuaded the city's mayor to abandon the "sex, drugs and rock-n-roll" lifestyle of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.  Katy Allan provided the necessary level of urgency as Regina, the City planner protesting against the redevelopment of the Strip.  Susan Campbell characterised the part of Justice Charlier as owner of Venus, the gentleman’s club, and as Dennis the owner of the Bourbon Club, Grant Campbell provided a highly entertaining ‘Can’t fight this feeling’ with Steven Struthers.  The dancers performed to the highest standard and the band was excellently balanced and subtly merged into the set as a key component but full credit must go to Tom Gemmell for his vision in staging this production.