Thouroughly Modern And Silly

Date 6th November 2021
Society Allegro
Venue Virtual concert
Type of Production Online CONCERT
Director Felicity Halfpenny
Musical Director James McCutcheon
Choreographer Felicity Halfpenny


Author: Dorothy Johnstone

This was a most appropriate title for this dynamic, virtual concert presented by Allegro. I have to say that most of the numbers were unfamiliar to me but this well chosen compilation of fun numbers was most entertaining. The very talented cast was vibrant in every number and although rehearsed and recorded individually or in very small groups, which is quite challenging, every person gave a real performance as if on stage in a live theatre,

I enjoyed every one of the varied 20plus numbers performed with style and conviction. The Country and Western style ‘Always Be A Bridesmaid’ describing the frustration of being a bridesmaid in some awful dresses, the wonderfully animated comic number ‘My Party Dress’, the sexy almost risque ensemble ‘All Banged Up’, the tongue in cheek ‘Musical Theatre Boys’, ‘A Contemporary Musical Theatre Song’ delivered in style by the token male member of the cast,’Taylor the Latte Boy’ and the most believable ‘Response’, the deliberations over the different men in their lives in ‘What Was A Woman to Do’, the utterly contemporary ‘Be My Friend ‘ describing the addiction to Facebook were but a few of the shows many highlights. Indeed every number was a winner. It was good to see and hear too the input from the director as she hopelessly pleads to be rehired as Annie in ‘Annie at 30 and 50’ while the quirky ‘My Girlfriend Lives in Canada’ was very neatly put across by the musical director.

Although this group rehearsed under Covid restrictions the ensemble work and choral singing were excellent with harmonies coming across loud and clear and very crisp choreography .The whole programmes was extremely well put together and the final ‘How I Got The Call’ demonstrated the real strength, vitality and commitment of this group with an excellent blend of voices and lively movement.

This was a real team effort and the cast, production team, musicians, video and technical team and costume adviser all deserve applause for piecing everything together resulting in an absolutely joyous presentation. With such talent, I look forward to hopefully seeing a live production of ‘Legally Blonde’ next year,