Date 18th November 2017
Society Richmond Operatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Type of Production Musical
Director Lou Holliday
Musical Director Lindsay Ibbotson
Choreographer Brigette Martin


Author: Peter Parlour

Richmond got the show of to a great start with the harmonised 'Sing a Christmas Carol" setting the yuletide atmosphere for the evening. The audience’s enthusiasm was soon diminished, however, at the entrance of Scrooge - Dan Cockett giving an outstanding performance of the iconic role, whenever he was on stage he dominated it.

This well-known play was brilliantly adapted by Lesley Bricusse into a musical with some lovely songs. With a large cast Brigette Martin did a first class job with the choreography, especially with so many new members taking part.
There was many excellent performances, Geoff  Stone played Bob Cratchit very well along with Helen Cain as Mrs Cratchit. Joe Hodgson played Nephew with charm.
The Ghosts were all well played; the Ghost of Jacob Marley was played by Mike Stephenson, (congratulations on the excellent make up all done by Rebecca King) ; the Ghost of Christmas Past was played by Liz McDougal confidently, the Ghost of Christmas Present was played by Ken Haigh with genial charm, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to come was played by Caroline Davies in suitably sinister overtones.

There was some nice little extras like the Punch and Judy Man played by Brian Martin. who also took the part of Mr Fizziwig with Gail Barlow as Mrs Fezziwig. Other parts were played by Rhoda Fraser as Jocelyn Jollygoode, Natasha Aspen played Isabel and Helen (all splendidly)
Finley King played little Tiny Tim very well.

There was a very strong Chorus line very well sang indeed. A special as the society welcomed Lindsay and Nick Ibbotson as Musical Director and Musical Associate respectively – both I’m sure will be a great asset to the Society in the coming years. The stage settings were very well done assisted by the actors on stage. The capacity audiences were indeed well pleased with an excellent production.

Councillors comments
A big shout out to all involved in the production for an entertaining evening of Christmas cheer - Well done to John Holliday not mentioned above as the role 'Tom Jenkins' - performing and singing arguably the best known song of the production "Thank you very much" - well from me - thank you very much to all at ROS for a great evening...