REVIEW: Anything Goes is 'the top' for Scunthorpe Amateur Operatic Society
A MADCAP transatlantic adventure has been brought to life by Scunthorpe Amateur Operatic Society (SAOS).
The cast adopted an array of American accents for the evening's entertainment, performing Anything Goes at the Plowright Theatre.
Crowds were treated to the glitz and glamour of an American ocean liner travelling from New York to London in the early twentieth century, with a collection of loveable and convincing characters.
The lead role of Billy Crocker, a Wall Street broker who has fallen madly in love, was played by SAOS debutant Stewart Robertson, who gave an accomplished performance acting and singing many of the main numbers.
Veteran SAOS members Rod Wheat and John Parsons slipped effortlessly into their American alter-egos, embracing the New York accent and oozing professionalism. The pair were also responsible for many of the big laughs, along with Ewan Maclean, who played loveable English buffon Lord Oakleigh.
It was clear that much time and effort had gone into the costumes and set design, which painted a picture of a classic ocean liner and its crew. Director Jacky Bacon deserves much credit for the attention to detail which accompanied the music, dancing and dialogue.
The selection of vintage clothing was impressive, with every character sporting a number of costumes throughout the show.
The strongest musical performances came from leading ladies Jo Hageman and Trudi Jackson, who played the title roles of Reno Sweeney and Hope Harcourt. A mixture of upbeat show tunes and romantic duets were delivered confidently and with much class. But credit must go to the entire cast, who all sang with passion and commitment for the entire show, helping invigorate a sizeable audience.
The orchestra, led by musical director Keith Weston, played flawlessly throughout the show, adding emphasis, emotion and excitement.
The show's opening night was a great success, and continues at the Plowright Theatre on Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, until Saturday, March 9. It runs each night at 7.30pm, as well as a matinee performance on Saturday, March 9 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for senior citizens and children below the age of 16. Family tickets are also available for two adults and two children, priced at £36. Tickets are available from the Plowright Theatre box office on 08448 542776.