When I saw the programme for this production I decided I would rate each of the 42 – yes an incredible 42 – numbers with stars to help me to do the review.
However, I soon discovered that wouldn’t work as I was awarding so many stars to the performers of each song, that I realised it wouldn’t be fair to single anyone out as they were all so good.
And I thought how lucky we are to have such talent in the area.
I had enjoyed a superb play in Broadstone on Wednesday and here I was being treated to some brilliant, well-rehearsed performances on the Saturday.
We have all needed cheering up after nearly two difficult years, and this was the show to do it
With numbers ranging from Spread a Little Happiness to Bring Me Sunshine and Happy to the people pleaser Sweet Caroline, the joy just continued.
However, amongst the 42 numbers, were two monologues, which I have to mention, as they were inspired.
Dressed as a cleric, in the first half Phil Evans had an imaginary phone conversation with a certain Boris and in the second mis-read a vicar’s notes. Hilarious.
In addition to Phil, the 17 other performers were Hilary Baker, John Bounds, Mikaela Buckby, Jemma Cable, Peter Doolan, Julie Gower, KD Johnson, Ron Kite, Bill Mason, Pam Mizon, Lee Neal, Michelle Needham, Debbie Potter-White, Selina Rumbold, Duncan Sayers, Marion Taylor and Vanessa Wassell. So they all get a mention.
And in October, audiences at the Merryfield Theatre in the Verwood Hub also had a chance to enjoy this musical celebration of 40 upbeat songs.
What a shame that after what must have been intense rehearsal and planning, that there aren’t further performances to enjoy.
I have attended many productions by this company, and this was one of the very best. It was clear the audience agreed.
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