The Show Must Go On

Date 2nd March 2016
Society Alloa Musical Players
Venue Alloa Town Hall
Type of Production Concert
Director Lindsey Spowage
Musical Director Matt Edwards
Choreographer Antony Carter


Author: Elizabeth Donald

I often think that a concert involves more work for company members than a musical - you are never off stage and so it proved here. We were treated to a busy and entertaining evening with a varied programme, opening with the haunting Seasons of Love, going on to rumbustious excerpts from West Side Story, Kandler and Ebb and closing the first half with the popular Mamma Mia songs. Antony Carter showed his versatility in a number of songs, the girls Leona Reiter, Kate Paterson, Alison Wright and Louise Stephenson carried us away with Don’t Tell Mama and When You’re Good to Mama and Alan Devlin created a haunting change of mood with Mr Cellophane. Cairy McNeill, Jean Thom, Alison and Leanne with the rest of the company danced their way through Mama Mia with memorable solo I Have Dreamed and nifty footwork in Waterloo.  The company kept up the pace in the second half which took us to the rocking Rocky Horror Show with the must have song The Show Must Go On, Wicked and its cheery Popular,then Oliver! with its energetic choruses followed by Les Miserables with the haunting Castle on a Cloud. Impressive was the singing by Finlay Copland with These Are the Days of Our Lives and Alan Musgrove in the Finale. The songs from Oliver! had the audience singing along and the selection from ‘Les Mis’ delighted all.  What was memorable for me were the way singers and soloists characterised their songs and the well - choreographed routines. The show was colourful and carefully costumed so that costumes fitted the mood of different shows. The backcloth with its sparkling light and the lighting added to the whole. Overall the company had us humming and tapping along. Congratulations to all off stage and on who gave us a great evening.