Summer Holiday

Date 21st March 2014
Society Dundee Operatic Society
Venue Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Type of Production Musical
Director Scott McRuvie
Musical Director Richard Waghorn
Choreographer Joanna Shepherd


Author: Roger D Buist

It was raining outside and it was also raining inside the theatre (courtesy of amazing stage projection), but then we were soon off on our “Summer Holiday”! This show requires a very young cast and the youngsters in the main roles were all top notch. Barry McRuvie was an absolute natural as mechanic Don, who falls in love with runaway American pop star, Barbara, faultlessly played by Caitlin Davies. Along with the other three male mechanics Edwin (Raymond Wood), Cyril (Peter Rome), and Steve (Ryan Milne), the four guys bonded brilliantly together with their considerable talents and their camaraderie, and the fun continued especially when they are joined by a trio of girls whose car breaks down. This female trio – Alma (Claire Rioch), Angie (Seonade Sparey), and Mel Braid (Mimsie), were full of confidence and added to all the frivolity that goes with this show. But then there is always someone to spoil the fun . . . and it came in the shape of Stella, brilliantly caricatured by Jennifer Watson, as the pop singer’s domineering mother who sees a way of making easy money, much to the chagrin of flamboyant production agent Jerry. Played by Gary Jordan, he was absolutely hilarious throughout, especially when playing the maracas with great passion and enthusiasm! This was a vibrant, youthful, and fresh production and how we all enjoyed hearing the songs of yesteryear.