Review: Woodseats Goes To The Movies, Dronfield Civic Hall

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Woodseats Goes To The Movies, Dronfield Civic Hall

The show opened with Richard Carlin’s confident showman voice singing Movies Were Movies from Mack and Mabel. There was accomplished accompaniment throughout from live piano, guitar and drums. We were then introduced to the Company singing Hooray for Hollywood. The men were dashing in their tuxedos and the ladies wore beautiful ball gowns.

Woodseats have some terrific individual performers. Kate Mitchell has the perfect voice for her rendition of Doris Day’s Ten Cents a Dance from Love Me or Leave Me. Jill Beckett also shines singing You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray, along with an exuberant chorus singing and dancing with choreography by Hayley Twigg. Jill also sings What a Feeling from Flashdance and we are treated to a virtuoso solo dance routine from Aggie Gryszel who also assisted in the choreography. Tony Gallager shows off his comedy skills with a couple of great duet ditties. A bad memory in I Remember It Well with Elizabeth Williams and champagne in Well Did You Evah!, with Richard Carlin, causing the humour. Director Mary Newey’s attention to detail is pleasing. Ian Bell mimics the iconic James Bond firing into the movie audience as he is lit up by stage lighting. James Langley wears a white officer’s uniform for Up Where We Belong from An Officer and a Gentleman.

Most of all the cast look as though they are enjoying themselves. The Company singing The Rhythm Of Life from Sweet Charity for example was powerful thanks to their immense enthusiasm.

Stephen Grigg