THE BOY FRIEND

Date 25th May 2012
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue Theatre Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh
Type of Production Musical?
Director Kate Russell?
Musical Director Chris Ward

Report

Author: LYN EMMERSON

Choreographer: Lisa Tudball

A breath of fresh air with this production of the naughty ninteen twenties. A smaller company and venue but they emerged with flying colours.

The pacey dialogue was set by French Maid Hortense, Natalie Baker introducing her Perfect Young Ladies. Ami Evans gave a faultless performance as wealthy heiress, Polly Browne and was partnered well by Ashley McAllister as Tony, who always gives a perfect characterisation. Fine injection of energy from Susie Lydiate, Maisie and Mikey Wooster, Bobby van Husen with Wont You Charleston and good support from ‘flappers’ Molly Thomas- Dulcie, Jack Wooster - Alphonse, Hannah Jones- Nancy, Aaron Bradley-Bevan- Pierre, Amy Scott, - Fay and Luke Heritage- Marcel. Jane Crinigan revelled in the role of Lady Brockhurst never reliquishing sight of her character as Tony’s mother whilst trying to keep an eye on her wandering hands husband, Lord Brockhurst roguishly played by Pete Williams.

Re-kindling memoriesof a former beau, Carol Williams as Mme Dubonnet brought a romantic awakening with her former lover, Percival Browne portrayed by Ron Jones. Nice interlude from dancers Tara Williams/Rachael Seaman – Lolita and Ashley McCallister – Pepe in Carnival Ball.
Brilliantly set and costumed, good staging and innovative choreography executed with precision by chorus and dancers, the whole company enjoyed this jaunt through the twenties, together with interaction from a very receptive audience.