|Date||21st October 2021|
|Venue||St Mary's Church Hall|
|Type of Production||Concert|
Author: Jean Scarlett-Carr
An evening of song, dance, comedy, and drama was the menu for this entertaining show from the Nunthorpe Players as their first foray back to stage post-pandemic.
A series of three acts contained a miriad of styles and decades for their performances to give the theme of coming through the decades from 60s to present day. Compare Steve Magor creating seemless introductions to a cast of mixed ages from teens to seniors allowed a lovely combination of talents to shine.
Acts 1 and 3 contained a mixed programme of comedy sketches from well known TV shows, jokes, and original scripts that gave the lighter elements. Musical numbers had songs with harmonies and well rehearsed movement. Two fireside monologes from Diane Pargeter relayed observations of the elderly, singing solos from Erica Shanks-Davison, Katie Legg, Steve Magor, and a lovely trio from Erica, Katie and Eve Smith along with various full ensemble songs gave a vast and varied programme. "Tina Tuna" was an enthusiastic comedy impersonation by Tina Welsh, along with the "Old spice girls" who brought their comedy take on "I'll tell you what I want" number, and a sketch from a “face your fears therapy group” that was a witty and intricate timing comedy from Tina, Lee Blake, Lee Rodgers, Katie and Erica.
Act 2 was a bespoke full act play “You’re Fired”, based in lockdown, with three home workers and their life on "Zoom", under threat of redundancy, written by Julie Hobson and well played by Alex Duncan, Terry Pritchard and Eve Smith.
The Finale was a colourful sparking-costumed Abba medley with full cast on stage together, for a rousing finish, with beautiful solo from Katie Legg, who has a terrific sweet voice.
Costumes were colourful, and of the various times, music was from live four piece band and tracks, lighting was colourful and stylish, nicely done. With a warm receptive audience, a good night was had by all. Good to have you back on stage Nunthorpe Players.