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The Sound of Musicals

Date

5th May 2018

Society

Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society

Venue

Haworth West Lane Baptist Church

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Christine Ingham

Musical Director

David Root

Report

Author: Sally Holmes

After last years “from Londons West End to Haworths West Lane” it was another triumph this year for this society and we were treated to a superb afternoons entertainment with “The Sound of Musicals”.i

Once again we were off to a great start with Ron McGill, Tim Bastow and Peter Robinson sweeping the carpet in preparation for their very funny “Three Ages of Man” sketch – very cleverly written with a “local” flavour thrown in.

The first half included a selection from Kiss Me Kate, following by The Sound of Music, and we were all invited to sing along with the title song, My Favourite Things and Edelweiss.  I loved the cleverness of their version of “Sixteen going on Seventeen” (Sixty going on Seventy!).

It was lovely to sit back and be entertained with such lovely numbers from shows that are not often performed these days – Showboat, Camelot and Gigi and it’s also nice to hear numbers that are not so familiar to really showcase people’s talents – “Sing for your supper” was a beautifully sung trio by Charissa, Helen & Gill)from Boys from Syracuse, followed shortly after that in complete contrast with a lovely solo performance of “The Things I Never Said” from First Date The Musical, which was so emotionally sung by Helen.

Act One finished with a lovely selection from South Pacific – with the most beautiful harmonies blending superbly.

Act Two opened with a terrific sketch - very cleverly delivered with such “deadpan” expressions – entitled “The Story of Cinderella”.  The audience were one step ahead with “Cinderella’s” lines – delivered with perfect comic timing by Ron McGill!

Jo Mulley gave us a very dramatic rendition of “With One Look” from Sunset Boulevard and we were then transported to the French Riviera for a lovely selection from The Boyfriend – yet another show that, in my opinion, isn’t performed enough these days (and also one of my favourites!)

With numbers from Porgy and Bess, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King and Guys and Dolls firing us through the second act, we then were treated to a couple of numbers from The Man from La Mancha – “Little Bird, Little Bird” and “The Impossible Dream” – which is one of my all time favourite numbers.

Helen & Gill Dobson gave us a beautiful rendition of “For Good” from Wicked before we were then transported into The King & I – where once again the audience were encouraged to sing along with the magnificent company renditions of “Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?”

After David’s solo performance of “There May Be Trouble Ahead” the Company’s finale piece was “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel – this certainly brought the house down, with the whole audience joining in – and such was the applause that we were treated to an encore, so we all got to sing it again!

Congratulations everyone – you gave us such a beautiful selection of musical numbers to listen to, and singly and collectively you make a wonderful sound.  Thank you for all the laughs in the sketches at the opening of each act – they were very very funny!