The Magic Of Music
Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society,
South Holland Centre, Spalding
Thursday, May 21
When I flicked through the programme at the interval and saw that Chelsea Turnell was taking on Adele’s Someone Like You in the second half of the show I was a little worried.
The singers from SADOS, ably backed up by the cuties from Act II, had put in a storming first half performance and Chelsea had stolen the show – but surely this was one of those songs you don’t risk covering?
How wrong could I be. She put in the best vocal of the evening and absolutely smashed it in a spine tingling solo that put the icing on a wonderful evening.
It was brave of the Society to break from tradition and perform their first-ever summer showcase.
Bound loosely by the concept of music lifting our lives, the show was split into two halfs, with all songs picked by the cast themselves as ones that had influenced them in one way or another.
In between songs were witty sketches and quotes from all sorts of historical names about what music means to them.
Directed by Brett Moore, with assistance from producer Elaine Daethridge, the show started with SADOS and Act II combining for a rousing group effort of Johnny Comes Marching Home.
The versatile Darran Bland then led an energetic Flash, Bang, Walliop from Half a Sixpence before Daisy Ivatt’s impressive rendition of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen – another brave choice and one of the evening’s highlights.
Daisy and Chelsea are friends and their chemistry shone through in several of the numbers, especially the excellent I Know Him So Well, which lit up the opening minutes of the second act.
Top marks for bravery, top marks for talent and top marks for charisma
But it wasn’s just about these two. Darran belted out a commanding vocal for Stars, from Les Miserables, Tilly Hoyles came out after the interval for a beautiful version of Freedom Road, from Bad Girls, and Lily Evans’ youthful innocence shone through in a gorgeous vocal as she mastered Colours of the Wind from Disney’s Pocahontas.
There were some uplifting group efforts too. Rhythm of Life was a real toe tapper and the three talented ladies in Birds of a Feather wowed us with Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Act II took centre stage without fear or nerves for Revolting Children and When I Grow Up, both from Matilda, and the talented Trish Burgess reprised her role as Miss Overall from Acorn Antiques for an hilarious rendition of Macaroons.
Zack Colam was impressive too, leading Any Dream Will Do and teaming up with Brett Moore, Nathan Shortland, Paul Coleman and Darren for the amusing sketch around Elvis Presley’s Did’ja Ever.
Zack’s duet with Laura Scott on Love Is An Open Door was great too, as was Paul, Elaine, Bev Moore, Colette Coleman and Mandie Collier with Oh What A Circus. Jane Fulford’s Hello Young Lovers was another first half highlight. And one of the funnier moments was the interaction between Jane Moss, Mel Brooks and Mandie during Sisters.
And the evening ended with everyone on stage for the Abba classics Dancing Queen and Thank You For The Music.
This, quite simply, was a super show that lifted everyone into high spirits, including my daughter who is now more determined that ever to make it on to the stage. Top marks for bravery, top marks for talent and top marks for charisma. There’s a lot of talent in Spalding and it was a privilege to see it in action.
* The show continues tonight (Friday), with two performances tomorrow (Saturday).
Jeremy Ransome – 9/10