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Wantage Stage Musical Company

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Review of Sweet Charity

11th to 14th April 2007.

This is an extract from the detailed NODA report.

This was one of the best Sweet Charity productions I have seen during my 16 years as N.O.D.A. representative for Region 12. Director Allyn Richardson's vision of the show certainly came to life and he was very fortunate to have available such a wonderful Charity. Good use was made of a relatively small stage - there was never any crowding of entrances, or exits - and the cast reacted to everything that was going on around then. The setting of ‘The Rhythm of Life Church’ - with the colourful costumes was outstanding. I'm sure both Director and Choreographer worked closely together and the end result was a show that was appreciated by a large audience, and it was obvious to us all that the cast had enjoyed themselves. Congratulations.

Charity Hope Valentine, Jenny Stickland: this was a superb performance - one of the best I have seen. What enthusiasm and energy this performer had. We really fell in love with her vulnerable character. Superb movement at all times, giving us the gauche and self-awareness of her ‘innocent character’. This was a brilliant performance and one I think you will remember for many years to come. Congratulations.

Oscar Lindquist, David William Oakes: I was impressed by his characterization of the role - he seems to have a natural talent for the stage - and for me he played the role just right: he coped well with his ‘mixed’ emotions. I liked his scene with Charity in the elevator, and the contrast with facial and hand movements when he was in The Rhythm of Life Church with the congregation.

Nickie, Georgina Hicks, and Helene, Kate Laybourne: it would be wrong to split these two friends of Charity. They worked well together and with Charity; I enjoyed their rendering of Hey Big Spender and There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This. These two needed to show the hardbitten raunchy women of the world, to contrast with some of Charity's naïve role, and this they achieved. Well done.

Herman, Denis Peach: he never gave me the impression of a ‘seedy’ club owner, which I was possibly expecting. There was no edge or strong authority and very little change of tone in his voice. Everything seemed a little too casual for my liking. Perhaps a ‘snappy’ bow tie and a strong coloured waistcoat, in a period suit, would have given this part a stronger look. He had a strong singing voice, and this came over well.

Vittorio Vidal, Andy Thomas: he sustained the romantic role throughout. Good voice, and excellent diction He looked very ‘dishy’, and had a heart [character?] which would ‘melt’ any young girl’s heart. Good performance.

Ursula March, Christine Jones: a seasoned campaigner, and I liked her interpretation of the character; she looked a million dollars when she appeared on stage, and she was certainly ‘glitzed up’ for the role of tempestuous Ursula. She and Vidal worked well opposite each other. A nice performance.

Daddy Brubeck, Duncan Sinclair: a nice cameo role, which was executed to perfection. Looked the part, sang well, and gave it his all. Hallelujah!!! Well done.

GARETH JEREMY

About Wantage Stage Musical Co

We are a growing, friendly group which formed in 2001. In addition to one main show each year we stage several concerts and have performed recently in various venues around Wantage and South Oxfordshire. We are always pleased to hear from potential new members who would like to be on-stage or backstage. For membership enquiries please call Gill on 01235 770087.

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