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Friday, September 02, 2011
SHOW HITS 2011
SHOW HITS 2011
LADS at the Tractor Shed 31.08.11
did a redundant tractor shed attract a talented company of younsters
to spend their summer nights preparing a very enjoyable, and highly
professional, variety show of songs [and dances] from the musical
that's a story for another day. Suffice it to say that Show Hits 2011
was a fast-paced, slick sequence which never lost energy or style.
began with a generous helping of Sister Act, with a very lively
Deloris, and some impressive chorus work.
ended with the Queen fans' juke-box musical, We Will Rock You, with
familiar numbers [though not alas Bohemian Rhapsody] belted out with
enthusiasm and a great rock backing.
between we had two lovingly revived “Gerald Wiley” monologues
off the box, a very stylish title number from Cabaret, and the Waltz
duet from Sweeney Todd, which honesty compels me to say was the only
performance where all the words were audible. Not to mention brief
encounters with Rent, Wicked, Legally Blonde and Glee, and a
commendably simple sequence from Glee: the a cappella ending to Say A
Little Prayer was a musical highlight.
sixteen-piece orchestra – the envy of many a West End pit these
days, and maybe a tad over-powered for this acoustic and these vocal
forces – was directed by the prodigiously talented Kris Rawlinson,
who also managed to appear in two numbers, including Shrek in a green
mask of his own making …
younger performers – some cute Cockney tots here – got a chance
to shine in a medley from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which featured a
brilliant knees-up number [Ol' Bamboo] and the car itself,
magnificently recreated by Frank Burgess. We're promised a period cab
for Pygmalion, LADS' next show...
Hits 2011 was directed by Cathy Hallam, with Mandi Tickner, and
choreography by Vicki Bird.