A real foot-tapping, hand-clapping show
Published: 5 Mar 2008 10:000 comments
WHAT a performance!
That"s my verdict on "The Boyfriend", this year"s production by the Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society.
Perhaps it"s a bit different from those performed in previous years, but nevertheless, an outstanding show.
Having attended the show on opening night (Monday night), there was not a hint of nerves to be seen from the main cast or the chorus, who were all in fine voice.
Set in the 1920"s, around carnival time in the French Riviera, The Boyfriend mainly revolves around five girls attending Madame Dubonnet"s Finishing School.
And they all have one thing in common - they all want a boyfriend!
Leading lady, the talented Alexa Brown (Polly Browne), lit up the stage with her fantastic voice, telling us her tales of woe as her father (played by Ken Lamb) would not let her have a boyfriend - fearing they would only be after her fortune.
There is only one thing I can say about Ken Lamb, and I am sure all the others who have seen this performance would agree - what a fetching bathing suit!!
Percy Browne does have a little romance of his own going on, with none other than Madame Dubonnet played superbly by Dawn MacIver. Madame Dubonnet was ably assisted by her maid Hortense, the brilliant Lynsey Anderson.
Polly falls in love with messenger boy Tony (who is actually very rich, but is living in disguise), played by Jack Lowden.
His performance was outstanding and had the whole audience laughing with his comical role.
His parents, Lord Brockhurst (Alaistar Waddell) had an eye for the young ladies and his long suffering wife Lady Brockhurst (Ev Watson), managed to track their son down - eventually!
Polly"s four best friends all have their own problems too when their boyfriends decide to propose to them on the night of the carnival dance.
I am not going to tell you the ending but it is a happy one! Maisie, played by Lauren Gracie set the stage alight with her partner Bobby (Michael Hyslop) performing the Charleston routine.
Shelley Lamb played the hilarious Fay, with her dippy comments.
She had the audience in stitches, and Dulcie (Sara Christie) also had the audience laughing with her well practiced lisp! Nancy (Jessica Hardwick) delighted the audience with her singing and dancing.
The dancers and chorus in this production were full of enthusiasm.
Their dancing and singing was fantastic and they got the whole crowd tapping their feet and singing along.
The orchestra pit were also in fine tune, lead by conductor Jeff Thomson.
But I must mention too all the people who help out back stage, who the audience never sees, that helped put this fantastic show together.
Overall, it was another fantastic production by the Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society.
I urge people who have not bought tickets to see this show to buy them now. You do not want to miss this exciting production.
Cast - in order of appearance
Hortense (French Maid) - Lynsey Anderson
Maisie - Lauren Gracie
Dulcie - Sara Christie
Fay - Shelley Lamb
Nancy - Jessice Hardwick
Polly Browne - Alexa Brown
Marcel - Ross Roy
Pierre - Ross Hayworth
Alphonse - Fraser Brien
Madame Dubonnet - Dawn MacIver
Bobby Van Hussen - Michael Hyslop
Percival Browne - Ken Lamb
Tony - Jack Lowden
Lord Brockhurst - Alaistar Waddell
Lady Brockhurst - Ev Watson
Gendarme - Robert Waddell
Waiter - Stewart Murray
Pepe - Robert Waddell
Lolita - Avril Aitkin
Avril Aitken, Jan Baird, Kayley Henderson, Aimee Hislop, Laura Scott, Caitlin Tiemessen, Harriet Whittaker
Avril Aitken, Jan Baird, Jessica Bennet, Greg Blain, Kyle Blain, Liam Blain, Andrew Cannon, Kirsty Clelland, Sam Clelland, Emma Finnen, Catherine Fletcher, Emma Forbes, Louise Graham, Kayley Henderson, Aimee Hislop, Olivia Hope, Irene Hume, Richard Jamieson, Harry Keightley, Val Little, Linda McDonald, Ruth Magowan, Graham Mounsey, Elspeth Murray, Stewart Murray, Jennifer Napier, Keir Robinson, Laura Scott, Caitlin Tiemessen, Robert Waddell, Ewan Wallace, Lesley Whitehead, Harriet Whittaker.
Musical Director/Conductor - Jeff Thomson
Orchestra Pianist - Chris Farish
Violin 1 - Cath Cormie
Violin 2 - Jenny Fraser
Cello - Rob Hoppe
Guitar/Banjo - Ross Milligan
Double Bass - Kit Muir
Percussion - Graham Borthwick
Clarinet/Alto Saxophone - Iain McFadyen and Steve Lilley
Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone - Paul Cormie
Bass Clarinet/Baritone - Dan T Ward
Trumpet 1 - Mike Hardy
Trumpet 2 - Scott Renwick
Trombone 1 - Richard Howden.