Encore for hit musical revue

Coldingham - The Sound of Musicals
Coldingham - The Sound of Musicals

Take some talented local performers; a repertoire of showstoppers and an enthusiastic audience and what do you get? One of the best shows of 2013.

And after being blown away by the response they got last summer, the cast of ‘The Sound of Musicals’ are ready to hit the high notes once again when they return to Coldingham Hall on Friday, June 20.

Last year director Raymond Williams led his cast, including Lyn Ireland, Andrea Thacker and Chloe Wightman, in an evening of entertainment that was music to theatre fans ears.

‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘Chicago’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ were all paid a visit as the Hall became a West End theatre for the night.

And anyone who was lucky enough to be in the capacity crowd can’t fail to have had goosebumps at the rousing ‘Les Miserables’ medley which brought the curtain and the house down on a stellar evening of entertainment.

So no pressure then for Raymond and the familiar faces he’s rallied to perform in this year’s revue.

Lyn, Andrea and Chloe will all be back in the spotlight next week alongside, Brooke Heary, Cara Heary, Carly Robertson, Erin Robertson, Hannah Ritchie and Bill Shardlow.

With six high school students in the ensemble there is a real modern flavour to proceedings.

“A few songs aside, the music is completely different from last year,” Raymond explained.

“It’s a slightly more recent repertoire with songs from ‘Avenue Q’, the TV show ‘Smash’ and ‘Frozen’.

“We’re also doing a few numbers from a show that a lot of people may not be familiar with- ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’. It’s got some great music in it.

“I think it’s important that we don’t trot the same shows and songs out year after year.

“We’re onto our third show now so we need to keep things fresh.

“We’ve had some fantastic support from our audiences so far, particularly last year, so we want to reward them with something different.”

That’s not to say classic musicals are being completely shunned in next week’s show.

The first half will open with a number from ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and close with one of the most famous songs from recently revived hit musical ‘Evita’.

“There will also be a medley of some old favourites just in case anyone was scared we’d forgotten them,” Raymond joked.

“We’re billing it as a sing a long section so I hope plenty of people will join in!

“This year people were asking for tickets and even ringing my house for them, well before they went on sale so I just hope we can live up to the demand.”

Next Friday will be extra special for Raymond as he will get to duet with his daughter Carmella who is back on familiar turf after completing her studies in London.

“She’s really looking forward to doing something a bit closer to home,” Raymond added.

Proceeds from ‘The Sound of Musicals’ will go to Christian Aid. Tickets are available from Coldingham Post Office and Occasions in Eyemouth.