Starlight Showcase

Date 27th August 2019
Society Criccieth Starlight Players
Venue Criccieth Memorial Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Kate Dunn
Musical Director Kate Dunn
Choreographer Paula Carr: Jenny Williams & Kate Dunn


Author: Lyn Emmerson

The Director/Author of the evening’s entertainment, Kate Dunn, must be congratulated yet again of putting together another piece of musical theatre for Starlight’s summer run. A huge commitment by the whole Company to a summer run of 11 weeks, entertaining every Tuesday evening, emphasises the loyalty of all the members.

The story is based on the inception of a new Musical Theatre Company, namely Clearford Amateur Theatrical Society, C.A.T.S. and leading up to their inaugural performance. The ‘casting committee’ witnessed various auditions, some tongue in cheek, which brought laughter from the audience, thus stressing the pros and cons of a mammoth undertaking. All the main characters were believable with Director Chris, played by Paul Stevenson the evening I was there, and who seemed to have control over the committee. I understand Dan May portrayed Chris on occasions and gave a creditable performance. Joanna Vincent as Ellie, Paula Carr as Sonia, Karen Tomkins as Beattie, and Paul Dunn as Horace, all talented and experienced players, contributed in giving us a very strong cast.  Good to see some newcomers to the Company. A very energetic Samuel Jolly revelled in his role as over the top Choreographer, Jules, for the newly developed company C.A.T.S.  Minor roles were all well characterised with ‘supporting cast’ taking the experience in their stride as the whole company gelled together.

Good choreography devised from the ‘team,’ particularly evident in Act 2. A very hardworking back stage team, lifted the production, which was received by a very appreciative audience. What a colossal task building the set every week, and then striking it until the next week, and what dedication.

Congratulations to all concerned, artistic team, cast, crew, and technical. Thanks once again for the warm welcome as always, from front of house team, and Starlight’s commitment to Amateur Theatre in the area.