Swing Time to Rock and Roll

Date 19th October 2012
Society Driffield Musical Theatre
Venue Driffield School
Type of Production Concert
Director Mark Howley
Musical Director Mark Howley
Choreographer Rebecca Howley


Author: David Oliver

It was obvious as you entered the auditorium that the Society had set out to create a night-club atmosphere with individual tables, white tablecloths and lighted candles. The scene was set, and from the moment the curtain went up we were in foot tapping mood. A programme of 50 or so songs took us from the swing era through to the rock and roll years, including some doowap along the way. All the music was well-known, especially to us of a certain age, and although it moved along at such a pace with lyrics being fast and furious, diction, timing and harmonies were spot on. In addition to all the super chorus numbers we were treated to some excellent singing from a sextet as well as quartets, trios, duets, and solos. One of several highlights of the evening was a tremendous rendering of a popular rock and roll hit by MD Mark, accompanying himself on the piano of course. I particularly enjoyed the contribution by doowapper Lee Wilson as well as Jenny Townend, Becky McLeod, Sophie Ward and Linda Wilson. A special ‘well done’ to Rebecca for great choreography, and colourful costumes completed the picture. Congratulations everybody. Very well done. Fab-u-lous!!!