That's Entertainment

Date 20th May 2018
Society Blyth Music and Theatre Company Ltd
Venue Phoenix Theatre Blyth
Type of Production Concert
Director Jackie Grey
Musical Director John Hudson


Author: R J Lowry

That’s Entertainment was a concert celebrating the life of Blyth Musical and Theatre’s late president Alf Douglas. Judging by the turnout and the touching tributes made to him during the show he was a very special person to the Company. And I dare say he would have been touched and flattered by the high quality of the show the company put on that night. It was a mixture of dance and music presented by the full age range of the members. Names/performances that stood out for me included Rebecca Currie, Kath Dryden, Judith Leese, Kyle Richardson, Mel Purdy, Michael Douglas and Marie Swan. Adam Knight presented two excellent examples of Irish Dancing. The whole company gave some rousing and fulsome renderings of favourites such as Oom-pah-pah, There’s no business like show business and Be Our Guest. The musical accompaniment was excellent (John Hudson and the musicians) and added immensely to the entertainment experience of the whole evening. Director Jackie Gray did a magnificent job putting the show together and it is a tribute to her and the company that this was done while carrying on rehearsals and preparation for their regular programme. And it was a fitting end to the night when a large cheque was presented to the local representative of Cancer Research UK.