This society is certainly going from strength to strength, particularly with regard to the number of young people being involved and the enthusiastic contribution they bring.
George Woodfine as Rene, the café owner set the scene with his first entrance showing complete command of the character, utterly bemused and hoping for the worst. He was ably supported by his wife , Edith (Margaret Tones) who’s interpretation of a strutting Hitler in the second act was hilarious.
Yvette, Mimi and Michelle (Esther Taylor, Hannah Couch and Jane Worthington) each gave commendable performances in their roles as the waitresses and the leader of the underground.
Luke Couch as Captain Bertorelli was quite astonishing for such a youngster taking on a difficult role, but he never once lost his accent and despite being of small stature gave a big performance, whilst James Mitchell as Colonel von Strohn was a mixture of the pompous and the ridiculous and had the audience laughing at his comments on more than one occasion.
The other named characters added depth to the production, however the stars of the show were undoubtedly Lachlan Curry as Lieutenant Gruber and Jonathan Wardle as Herr Flick. These two gave us performances well beyond what one would expect from young and lacking in major experience on the stage. Their command of the stage was excellent, characters were well modelled on the originals and their poise and panache were a joy to see.
The staging was simple yet effective with good use being made of the off stage areas for the cellar and the gestapo offices. Lighting and sound were good and the whole production was a great credit to the society.
Sue Jackson must be well pleased with the results of her endeavours in this her first production as Director.
A good show, well presented and much appreciated by a receptive and enthusiastic audience.