Review: ‘The Sound of Musicals’

Expectations were high in Coldingham Hall on Friday night as a captive audience took their seats ready to enjoy another instalment of ‘The Sound of Musicals’.

After performing a wealth of old favourites to great aplomb in the first two shows, rather than get complacent the cast turned their talents to numbers from shows that aren’t as high profile as a ‘Les Miserables’ or ‘Grease’.

Eyemouth Variety Group perform 'The Sound of Music'

Eyemouth Variety Group perform 'The Sound of Music'

That’s not to say some classics weren’t given a turn in the spotlight- Kiss Me Kate’s ‘Another Op’nin’, Another Show’ got things off to a rousing start in a first half that also saw Bill Shardlow tackle ‘Love Changes Everything’- a song that strikes fear into singers with its famously high final note.

Chloe Wightman took the audience to ‘Chicago’ with a mature and polished performance of ‘Funny Honey’ and it was ‘Oh What A Circus’ from the recently revived ‘Evita’ which brought the curtain down on the first act.

But sandwiched in between them were tracks from musicals that even at a second glance were probably unfamiliar to a lot of the audience.

This was a bold move but one which certainly paid off as audience members were able to hear songs for the first time performed impeccably.

Raymond Williams was every inch the leading man in ‘Why? Cause I’m A Guy’ and ‘Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?’ from ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’.

‘It Must Be Love’ from ‘Our House’ might be one of Madness’ most popular songs but Brooke Heary’s stripped back version was a million miles away from the original.

You could hear a pin drop as her soft vocals glided through the song with some fine accompaniment from Alex McNeil on acoustic guitar.

The musical isn’t quite as famous as the film of the same name but Carmella Williams ensured the emotionally charged ‘With You’ from ‘Ghost’ created a lasting impression as she brought conviction to every lyric.

My personal highlight of the first half was Hannah Ritchie and Carly Roberston’s duet ‘Let Me Be Your Star’. The song from American series ‘Smash’ is about two actresses battling it out for the leading role and the passion and commitment shown by the girls and their tremendous vocals were just what the song required.

You have to have been living under a rock not to have heard of Disney phenomenon ‘Frozen’ and Erin Robertson gave a fine delivery 
of its signature song ‘Let It Go’.

The second half saw the Eyemouth High girls in great form once again with the playful ‘When I Grow Up’ from ‘Matilda’

Wicked’ is widely regarded as the classic musical of the modern era and Andrea Thacker’s acoustic version of ‘For Good’ was also a huge hit .

And showing her versatility once again Andrea also made comedy number ‘Twiggy’ a firm favourite with the Coldingham faithful.

With flawless takes on ‘Cabaret’s ‘Maybe This Time’ and ‘I Move On’, Lynn Ireland showed why she is so often the leading lady of choice for Eyemouth Variety Group and Raymond with the powerful ‘Tell My Father’ showed why he has been principal male on many occasions.