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A Grand Night for Singing

This compilation show, based on the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, contained a lot of songs that were not familiar to the audience.   Unfortunately many of the well-known songs from this writing duo were omitted in favour of less well known ones.  Doing a compilation show with no story line does not help the show to flow.   However all these comments are directed at the content which, I understand, HLOS had no real control over.

There were some good solo performances, particularly from Claire Millins with “I Can’t Say No” and Brian Woods with “This Nearly Was Mine”.   However when the whole cast sang it was a revelation.  The harmonies were spot on, the sound was strong and we really felt that here was a society with great singing strengths.

The choreography was a little bit patchy, reflecting that there were three people involved.  I loved the sharp choreography in “Wash That Man Right Out of Your Hair”.   The dancers were well drilled and the dance moved along at a good pace.

I loved the ladies dresses and the men looked very smart in their black shirts, grey bow ties and grey cummerbunds.  I would have liked to see a change of dresses for the company in the second half, not just from a few soloists. Maybe also a change of bow ties etc for the men too. This keeps the show fresh.

Overall a most enjoyable evening with some sublime singing, thank you HLOS for inviting me.

Tessa Davies

Harpenden Light Opera Society


review date: 28 March 2012 at Harpenden Public Halls

Director: & Choreographer  Sally Davis

Assistant Choreographers: Hannah Eke, Claire Mullins, Joyce Smith MD: Isobel Bates  

Performance MD: Graham Thomson


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