‘Some enchanted evening’ at the Garrick Theatre Club in Guildford is a collection of Rogers and Hammerstein’s well known songs. The shows are at 8.00 pm until the 21st February. Please check, as the bookings are strong.
There are 35 songs presented by the cast of five, and accompanied by the dual ‘pianists’ (Matt Austin and Robert Woods) on electric keyboard. I can hear people say ‘35 songs! It will be hard work for the audience as well as the cast.’ Well thanks to the imaginative direction (Carolyn Latter), the whole theatre was employed for the presentation of this enjoyable selection of songs. The bright and interesting lighting design (Don Allen) was skilfully and slickly operated by the director. The complex choreography (Leesa Crosby), from square dancing to the old soft-shoe shuffle, was flawlessly performed - the show sparkled. The many costumes (Lorna Mackie) appeared luxurious, but one wonders how the cast had time to change in this fast moving show.
True there were a few bum notes, along with key and vocal range challenges, but these were lost in the vivacious delivery of this very happy, feel good and at times very funny show, topped off with Rebecca Griffiths and David Gray’s ‘Don’t Marry Me’. David Cosgrove’s ‘This was nearly mine’ and the Samantha Maling, Vanessa Vance duet of ‘I am sixteen going on seventeen’ were both delightful. The cast’s all-round performance was one of the best I have seen in a community musical for some time.
Many congratulations for the Enchanted Evening.
Incidentally, this show is close to raising $2,000 for the bushfire relief.