Friday, 14 December 2018

Staging Bad Girls — The Musical was a good experience all round

EARLIER this summer Woodley Light Operatic Society staged Bad Girls — The Musical.

EARLIER this summer Woodley Light Operatic Society staged Bad Girls — The Musical.

Audiences at the Kenton theatre in Henley thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the show was very well received by the critics and public alike.

Those who are fans of Bad Girls the TV series were in for a treat.

Jeanette Maskell, who reviewed the show for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (Noda), wrote: “The script was extremely well written with a great plot. All the favourite characters were involved and all had real depth. Musically there were several powerful and memorable numbers.

“This production had been exceptionally well cast, with some super characterisations and fine voices. Although not a show you would advertise as all-round family entertainment, it was nonetheless an impressive and compelling piece of theatre.”

Woodley Light Operatic Society’s girls all thoroughly enjoyed being bad for a week — as did the boys!

All the characters were strongly presented and maintained throughout the show. By the end of the evening, you couldn’t help but want them to succeed with their plans, however bad they had been. All the characters were praised for their characterisations, movement and singing of their roles.

Director Karen Bird was praised for her vision in putting the piece of theatre together.

Jeanette Maskell added: “Her overall vision of the characters, plot and staging was unequivocally brilliant.

“While maintaining the reality of life behind bars and all its goings-on, she guaranteed through the characterisations and impeccable timing that none of the humour was missed and a great pace was maintained.”

Musical director Amy Bingham also had her hard work flagged up in the Noda review.

Jeanette’s verdict: “Principals were incredible, with great entries, timing and diction. She ensured they understood the lyrics so they were able to put the numbers over in character. Voices in all numbers blended perfectly with super projection. She controlled the band with expertise and the balance between stage and pit was spot on.”

Choreographer David Parsonson’s choreography was judged to be “brash, saucy and sassy, well befitting the plot. The cast had been drilled to perfection and they performed the numbers with great aplomb.”

All in all a great show that was a highlight for those on the stage, in the pit and in the audience.

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Review: Julie Easton

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