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“ON WITH THE SHOW”
Yet another Society celebrating a milestone, and TADS did it in style! I think these shows often give a Society the chance to showcase members who don’t always get a chance to shine in normal productions, and also to show regular performers in a different light.
A rousing opening heralded a well-
Harry also fronted a number with four young TADS teens girls, who all performed very well, and it gave the audience a reason to laugh and also to appreciate these young performers.
Molly Harper, Life President of the Society, compered the show with the help of husband Don on tape, as he was too unwell to be there – I’m sure we all wish him well.
Jaymes Sygrove paid tribute to Molly and her help with the production in his programme
notes, although I’m sure this multi-
I particularly liked Susie Conder, who cheekily referred to the fact that she had not received an award yet, so this is an honourable mention Susie, as I thought all the numbers you did were very professional in expression and voice control.
Janet Bray sang a very evocative song celebrating TADS recent production of Blood Brothers, showing how much her performance skills have improved since she joined TADS. The number had both humour and pathos. Rachel Birks made a welcome return to the stage, performing two duets and a very emotional solo, so let’s hope we see more of Rachel in the future.
It was good to see some younger members of TADS strutting their stuff, showing how talented they are, and well able to hold their own against the adult and more experienced performers. Jaymes sang several numbers and showed again his versatility – such a pleasure to watch him.
Gemma Ferguson was also involved in some very good solos – she has a lovely smile
and warm presentation, supported by a very good voice. The use of photos depicting
TADS productions over the 50 years to the accompaniment of a song was well-
If I have one criticism it was that the stage was completely undecorated, and the cast were in unrelieved black (except for the men’s white shirts) – it would have been nice to have some flashes of colour, e.g. scarves, bow ties, waistcoats, hair ornaments etc – to create some contrasts.
The lighting, which was imaginative throughout, helped to create dimensions and interest.
Another good production from TADS, and a fitting tribute to their 50 years.
TADS Theatre Group
“ON WITH THE SHOW”
review date 29th June 2012
TADS Theatre, Toddington
Producer & Director: Jaymes Sygrove