Everyone has a favourite musical whether it be ‘Cats’ or ‘Wicked’, ‘Les Mis’ or ‘Oliver’ and any theatre fan who took their seat in Coldingham Hall last Friday would have been spoilt for choice.
‘The Sound of Musicals’, did exactly what it did on the tin.
This was a two hour show that packed more songs from musicals in than Andrew Lloyd Webber could shake a stick at.
All the eras were covered right from the 1940s courtesy of Andrea Thacker’s fabulous acoustic version of ‘Moonshine Lullaby’ from ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ to the modern day with Brooke Heary’s stripped back take on ‘Unchained Melody’ from recent West End hit ‘Ghost’.
The thing that was so impressive about the show was the diversity of the songs performed, the opening few minutes being a prime example of this.
No sooner had Raymond Williams tipped his cowboy hat to ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’ from ‘Oklahoma’, he won the battle with the notoriously demanding final note of ‘Love Changes Everything’.
And it wasn’t just Friday’s set list that was eclectic, the age of the performers was also varied.
Youngest singer Cara Heary shone with ‘Part of Your World’ while veteran of the cast Dave Jones gained a hearty round of applause for ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’
There was also an enthusiastic reaction in the hall to Lyn Manderson who once again proved her leading lady status with powerful takes on ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’.
While solo numbers provided plenty of highlights, others including Chloe Wightman’s ‘All That Jazz’ and Carly Robertson’s ‘On My Own’, the duets and group numbers were what made the show what it was.
Geraldine Skelly and Karen Short’s ‘Sisters’ and Raymond and Lyn’s ‘A Song That Goes Like This’ provided the evening with two of its lighter moments while Chloe and Carlie showed maturity beyond their years to bring the house down with ‘I Know Him So Well’,
And the singers combined to great aplomb to bring the curtain down with the rousing finale from ‘Les Miserables’.
This was an evening that as well as raising £680 for Christian Aid, showed what fantastic talent Berwickshire has.