Energetic show brings Showstoppers to life

Wales Musical Theatre Company during warm up before their performance of Showstoppers at Acorn Theatre (w110916-3)
Wales Musical Theatre Company during warm up before their performance of Showstoppers at Acorn Theatre (w110916-3)
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Newly formed Wales Musical Theatre Company’s appearance at the Acorn Theatre, Worksop went down an absolute storm.

Their show, which ran 14th – 17th September included favourite songs from Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Carousel and We Will Rock You.

With such a line-up of show songs their production promised entertainment, although the word doesn’t do the event justice as, by the end of the evening and with the magic of numbers from We Will Rock You, the stage throbbed, the walls resonated and the audience stood to wave their arms in the air in true rock-concert style.

The cast consisted of 59 members with 6 musicians and 15 more involved behind the scenes and at front of house. So you get a grasp of what a big undertaking this was. No wonder companies like this give such performances just once a year.

There were also a good number of young men on stage and it’s good to see how many families seemed to be involved too. Some surnames were repeated in the programme.

In this show Wales Musical Theatre Company (WMTC) benefited from the wide experience and expertise of a very talented production team in the form of producer Nicholas Challenger, musical director David Burgess and choreographer Victoria Taylor.

Both David and Victoria lecture in the Arts during the day and Nicholas has 20 years experience in performance.

Amongst the audience on the final night were National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) representative Les Smith, president of WMTC Roy Staniforth MBE, Di Clark of NSPCC and the chair of Worksop Council, his wife and a host of enthusiastic families.

We have Roy Staniforth to thank for bringing all these talented people together as Roy has, for many years, been the writer of and performer in Wales village pantomimes which have in recent years been staged at The Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield.

He has entertained audiences for years in his role as pantomime dame and, because of his work with the community, has an MBE and fans and friends worldwide.

It is largely due to Roy that not only did we all enjoy an evening of music, which was sometimes rousing, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny, WMTC’s efforts also raised £300 - a cheque for which was presented to Di Clark of the NSPCC on the final night.

All this was achieved by a very committed group whose enthusiasm seems to know no bounds. It was clear from the faces of the members of the cast, both young and old alike, that they absolutely loved what they were doing. The singing was vibrant and the choral pieces were strong.

How fantastic that companies like this exist to channel such energy.

A massive well done to WMTC and well done to NODA for supporting and nurturing such talent. For more information on the work that NODA does go to www.noda.org.uk