24th May 2019

SHOW TIME

Date24th May 2019
Society: Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue: LITTLE THEATRE, RHYL
Director: Jess Griffiths & Rhiannon Gordon
Musical Director: Craig Price
Choreographer: Gail Astle
Report: Author: Lyn Emmerson

CONGRATULATIONS RHYL & DISTRICT M.T.C on eighty years of Musical Theatre entertainment!!
I sat back and was thoroughly entertained from start to finish by this cocktail of Musicals Past and Present. There were thirty three items in all, seventeen in Act 1 and sixteen in Act 2.which featured solos, duets, trios, and ensemble numbers, giving the cast of thirty seven, including children, the opportunity to display their talents, which finds it impossible for me to mention folks by name. There was no introduction to the items so the evening flowed from one item to the next without a pause, and I have selected just a few of the numerous excellent numbers performed.

The evening commenced dramatically, with a wake-up call with ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ from 42nd Street by the full company. All tastefully attired, the cast took to the stage and took us down memory lane. ‘Naturally’ from Annie Get Your Gun’, featured a group of well-rehearsed children whose contribution added to the success of the evening. The evergreen ‘People Will Say We’re In Love’ is always and audience pleaser, together with the offering from Hello Dolly, ‘Put on your Sunday Clothes’ and the title number ‘Hello Dolly’ brilliantly choreographed and performed by the Company. I particularly enjoyed the ‘You Could Drive a Person Crazy’ from the musical Company – great harmony performed by the three girls in this number – well done! ‘One’ from A Chorus Line is a dead cert for applause, and this performance was no exception, a memorable item once again featured perfect choreography. Les Miserables gave us ‘A Heart Full of Love’, beautifully performed and the Female Ensemble brought Act 1 to a close with a rousing ‘Holding Out For a Hero’ from Footloose.

Act 2 opened with a ‘WOW’ with ‘The Best of Times’ from La Cage Au Folles bringing great reaction from the audience. I liked ‘In the Beginning’ from the wonderful musical based on the first seven chapters of Genesis, Children of Eden. A Mama Mia medley is always a crowd pleaser, whether performing or in the audience. This was followed by an ensemble offering of ‘Freak Flag’ from Shrek. Children to the fore in the next item, with a confident ‘Naughty’ from Matilda, each performer singing their hearts out and giving their all, and of course ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman thrilled the audience. The dancers put their mark on the production with superb choreography in the many ensemble numbers, and groupings on stage were innovative so one could see each member of the Company. The evening ended with a memorable ‘You Will Be Found’- from Dear Evan Hansen, by the Full Company, (dedicated to Brendan Flannery) culminating in another first class production from this enterprising group. Congratulations and thank you to all involved. Looking forward to ‘Titanic’!!