Whistle Down The Wind

Date 23rd November 2012
Society Abergavenny Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (AAODS)
Venue The Borough Theatre Abergavenny
Director Jaci Brickley Clark
Musical Director Sarah Fowler
Choreographer Jaci Brickley Clark

Report

Author: Dee Mc Ilroy

A challenge for any young company to perform and a Welsh amateur premier yet with AAODS Juniors strength of their total commitment they succeeded in making this  poignant musical Whistle Down The Wind live on stage.

Set on the west coast of Bible belt America with all the complications accents and other issues brought for them. Score by Andrew Lloyd Webber is outstanding and with MD Sarah Fowler as catalyst all the exceptional ensemble involved gave it full justice in every scene

Harry Jones, excellent as The Man gave an honest and powerful performance, he lived the part, showing light and shade characterisations and heart rending emotion.

Facial shading and longer hair could assist with Jesus audience connection.

Zack Clee as The Sheriff a natural performer his easy portrayal brought realism Brat, Anni Rees and Poor Baby, Tomos Brace Jenkins lit up the stage with their confident performances.   

Jake Griffin as Amos, had an intense maturity, so watchable on stage, his sexual chemistry tangible. A lovely performance as Swallow, Molly Brickley Clark, gave deep emotion to her religious scenes with The Man to her credit. Footware important- boots help farm girl characterisation. Amos, Jake Griffin and Candy, Alys le Moignan. 

brought an electric connection of characters. Versatile Alex Morgan, acting from the heart as bereaved farmer Boone, Keane Davies, Preacher and Joe Pugh, Earl all gave excellent performances .Moving us to tears with innocence, No Matter What They Tell Us was a showstopper

Well done Director/Choreographer Jaci Brickley Clark, MD Sarah Fowler, all involved including the special effects team, credit due.

Once again AAODS Juniors showed their strengths and proved that nothing is beyond them.