Salad Days

Date 26th May 2016
Society Stevenage Lytton Players
Venue The Lytton Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Derek Blyth and Slava Budin-Jones
Musical Director Derek Blyth
Choreographer Slava Budin-Jones

Report

Author: Vicki Avery

This is an absolutely charming musical and the society performed it with great style. The whole cast seemed to get the lighthearted feel of the show and sang and danced with great vigour.

Timothy and Jane were a lovely couple. Helen Dunlop sang and danced with just the right tone for the style of music and Tom Beirne, who stepped up to the plate at the last minute looked and sounded perfect as Timothy.

Rebecca White and Rob Paice worked hard as Fiona and Nigel making the perfect second pair.

Troppo played so well by Barry Woolhead was super. His mime to every action was simple but effective and the dancing and general performance excellent. Playing a non-singing non-speaking part is by no means an easy task but Barry gave so much to the very likeable character that was lovely to watch.

The Duo between P.C Boot and Rowena played by Aaron Govey and Amy Parker was very together, and the tremendous fun with P.C Boot and his Inspector played by John Dunleavy was so funny in their variations in the dance section that the audience really enjoyed every moment.

I liked Kevin Grace’s Sir Clamsby very much and also Rob Paice as Nigel. Upper crust manner were well maintained and complemented the stylized feel of the whole feel of the piece.

The nightclub scene was nicely done and Justine Mileusnic was an excellent Asphynxia, with Bob Sulzbach cast as the perfect sleazy Nightclub Manager. His performance of “Cleopatra” was expertly paced, allowing the audience to guess the final words of each rhyming couplet before he sang them. What a clever audience we were!!

Maxine Holmes as Lady Raeburn certainly had her fair share of treatments in the beauty parlor and although it was a short scene never the less it was effective, fun and one which the audience found very amusing.

Wendy Warnaby was a convincing Mrs. Dawes and one could not fail to recognize the variety of facial expressions she employed with each character she played.

Kevin Grace a very jolly Uncle Zed, ably assisted by Richard Petch as Electrode.

The chorus and many other characters all worked well together and the singing generally was very tuneful and bounced along merrily.

Pace, projection and movement was very good throughout and with musical accompaniment from keyboard (MD Derek Blyth) and drums (Adrian Dunlop), the whole evening offered another pleasant evening’s entertainment at the Lytton Theatre.

Thank you once again for your generous hospitality