We thought you might like to have a look at some of the photos from ur last show, Encore! which played at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne in November 2018. For more than those featured below, why not check out our Facebook page?
It seems to have become a regular gig for me to review WMTS’s November show, but I’m not complaining: it is always an enjoyable evening and I am always impressed by the huge amount of work that has gone into a show that has only two performances, both on the same day.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, WMTS cast their net wide by encoring some of the shows they have put on in the last half-century. It provided plenty of variety, as well as the opportunity for the majority of the cast to have their moment in the spotlight. The show opened auspiciously with an impressively large and talented group of tap dancers giving their all in ‘42nd Street’. In fact, the dancing was excellent throughout, and Gemma Davis provided imaginative and attractive choreography.
The ensemble seemed smaller than usual but made a pleasing sound, notably in ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Anything Goes’ (more good tap dancing here) and the complexly wonderful harmonies of ‘Who Will Buy?’. Comparing my notes and the programme afterwards, I found that of the solos I had jotted down as making a particular impression, two were sung by Julie Sissons: ‘I Whistle A Happy Tune’ and ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Also memorable were Selina Rumbold’s ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ and ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ by Heather Pretlove. Pam Mizon showed her talent for comedy in ‘Shall We Dance?’ and ‘60, Going On 70’, a hilarious parody of The Sound of Music, while Jemma Cable’s ‘I Hate Men’ was well acted.
A technical blip was that, especially in ensemble numbers, a mike was often turned up halfway through a soloist’s first line, so that the first few words were lost. It is infuriating when the performers have worked their socks off preparing a show but then are let down by the technical team.
Having had my moan, I must emphasise that there was a lot to admire about the show (performed on a bare stage with few props and minimal lighting changes), not least the efforts of musical director Stuart Darling and his four-piece band. The speed of some of the costume changes must have beaten some records, too. If I am asked to keep up my record and to review next year’s show, I will be delighted to do so.
Originally published on SceneOnePlus.
Encore! – great songs from great shows
Wimborne Musical Theatre celebrates 50 years in musical theatre and to mark the occasion is producing a special concert to reprise some of the wonderful songs from the many musicals performed over these years.
For this special concert the Society are delighted to have Stuart Darling as Musical Director. Stuart is well known for his work with other musical societies and theatre schools in the region. The show will be staged and choreographed by Gemma Davis and Lee Redwood
Featuring some of the best songs from Anything Goes, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Sister Act, Oliver, 9 to 5, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Crazy for You, Calamity Jane, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get your Gun, and more, this is a show you do not want to miss!
Social revolutions usually proceed in steps, and it is only by looking back that one can see what the major landmarks were. In women’s fight for the equal rights and respect to which they are entitled, the recent emergence of the #MeToo movement will surely be seen to have loomed large; in a very different way and on a very different level, the 1980 film 9 to 5 will have played its part too, especially in its 2009 re-incarnation as a musical composed by Dolly Parton.
It tells the story of three women working in a soulless office dominated by a ruthless, sexist boss, who promotes only men and regards women as good for just one thing: guess what. The three conspire to kidnap him and to take over the office, making it a more human and sympathetic – and successful – place. For sure, it’s a rather far-fetched plot, but through music and comedy, it makes its point far better than a humourless coven of dungareed harpies could ever do.
It is a show that tests a society’s depth of talent because it calls for three really strong female leads, and this production has got them. Julie Sissons as their leader, Violet, is outstanding. She dominates every scene she is in, moves well and has immaculate timing. Just occasionally she tends towards the strident, but the power of her performance is that she portrays a woman who is a very strong character but also attractively feminine. Selina Rumbold is the (initially) hopeless ingénue Judy, and subtly conveys how Judy’s personality grows as the story unfolds; the confidence and energy with which she belts out ‘Get out and stay out’ in act 2 is proof of that. Doralee was the original Dolly Parton role, and Hermione Mason plays her with appropriate buxomness, both literally and figuratively. She shows herself a talented comedienne in ‘Cowgirl’s revenge’. All three sing beautifully, and their harmonies in ‘I just might’ and ‘Shine like the sun’ are among the best things in the show.
The performance of Lee Neal as their odious boss –‘what a rat, what a liar, what a creep’ – suffers not at all by comparison with these three. You almost end up liking him for the enthusiasm with which he embraces his unpleasantness, and his comic timing is impeccable. His worshipper in the office – so the sworn enemy of our three heroines – is Roz, and here again, one ends up feeling sorry for her thanks to Beverley Beck’s sympathetic interpretation. Duncan Sayers as Joe make the most of his one number, ’Let love grow’.
The minor parts played by members of the ensemble are a little difficult to differentiate; what cannot be mistaken is the enjoyment which the whole cast get from the modern, upbeat music. Suzi DeVilliers’s energetic choreography helps; the ladies dance delightfully, but the highlight is definitely the cavorting of the men in ‘One of the boys’.
Director Duncan Trew has set the action against a cleverly simple basic set. This serves as the background to mini-sets and props that are manipulated on and off stage at enormous speed by the stage crew and cast. The music in no way lets down the other aspects of the production; the musical director is Alastair Hume.
It is a show that everyone (especially men) should see, and this is a production that you will enjoy. It is at the Tivoli until 30 June at 7.30 each evening.
Many thanks to SceneOne.
Wimborne Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the details of our next show!
Music by Dolly Parton
Lyrics by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009
Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th June 2018
Tel: 01202 885566
**** Tickets now on sale ****
Interested in joining us?
Please contact Sylvia Walpole
The next show is “The Best of the West End” a concert that and features an eclectic mix songs from many of the wonderful musicals that have been on stage in London past and present. Here some WMTS members ‘ dressed up’ for a great song from Oklahoma, but this is just one of over 40 songs they will be performing ranging from solos to full company and some with nifty dance routines as well.
WMTS will be performing The Best of the West End at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne on November 18th.There are two performances, at 2.30 and 7.30. Tickets are £14 each (at the 2.30 matinee, Over 60s and Children under 16 are only £12). Tickets can be booked at the Tivoli box office or online.
WMTS invite you to join them and promise …no fisticuffs!!
The next show is “The Best of the West End” a concert that and features an eclectic mix songs from many of the wonderful musicals that have been on stage in London past and present. Here are some WMTS members ‘ dressed up’ for a great song from Annie, but this is just one of over 40 songs they will be performing ranging from solos to full company with some with nifty dance routines as well.
WMTS will be performing The Best of the West End at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne on November 18th. There are two performances, at 2.30 and 7.30. Tickets are £14 each (at the 2.30 matinee, Over 60s and Children under 16 are only £12).
Tickets can be booked at the Tivoli box office or online.
WMTS really want you to come otherwise they might actually end on skid row!
We are delighted to announce that our next show (now on sale) is The Best of the West End!
A compilation of popular songs from modern musicals with a touch of nostalgia from the past, including Cabaret, Annie, King and I, Spamalot, West Side Story, Anastasia, Buddy, The Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia and many more, the show promises to have your toes tapping and your memory jogged!
Marilyn Barber for Somerset Live
Sister – it is becoming a habit with this group to produce a well-rehearsed and heartwarming evening of entertainment.
The first half sets the scene for some rousing and joyous songs from the large cast in the second half.
Sharron Pearcy oozes confidence – as she always does – as disco diva Delores who, as a witness to murder, is put into protective custody in a convent.
And the transformation of her appearance gives plenty of opportunity for comedic touches.
Lee Neal has just so much stage presence that he never fails to dominate his scenes, and he almost mesmerising as Curtis, the villain of the piece.
However, it has to be said that he also gets impressive backing from his three stooges, Pablo (John Bounds), TJ (Miles Bailey-Breangaard) and Joey (Bill Mason) whose disco moves are great fun.
Julie Sissons puts just the right amount of authority into the role of Mother Superior with her clear singing voice and excellent diction.
Jemma Cable adds sparkle as the hugely excitable Sister Mary Patrick with Duncan Sayers evoking compassion as the mocked and inept police officer Eddie.
Hermione Mason, with her strong voice is maturing into a very proficient actress who is very at home on the stage.
Accolades too to director Duncan Trew, musical director Alastair Hume – yes there are three instrumentalists – choreographer Suzi Villiers and artistic director Roy Joseph.
And the costumes are pretty good too.
With a cast of 23 it is not possible to mention everyone, but all play their part in making this a musical worth seeing.
It runs until Saturday.
(Originally on Somerset Live)