With 129 years of experience under their belt The Birmingham and Midland Operatic Society (BMOS) are a well established amateur society with over 100 members. Serving the community they inspire public engagement and confidence in members, both those on and off stage. Their current production Fiddler on the Roof is being staged at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, a large professional theatre which promises to deliver 'world class entertainment'.
The production is traditionally staged and showcases an abundance of committed performers. Costume design is consistent and fits well with the feel of the small village, pleasant and homely. The audience are soon acquainted with the shows main characters; there is laughter throughout.
A highlight of the evening is the live orchestrations of the Midland Concert Orchestra, directed by David Easto (who has previously worked with Lichfield Operatic Society). Powerfully delivered with perfect timing the musical pieces enhance the quality of the performance on stage, providing an air of professionalism. Lighting is simple, but effective, with warm washes illuminating the stage.
The star of the show is Abigail Wells; though not at the forefront of the production she shines in her role as Hodel, one of Tevye's five daughters. Wells is a natural, interacting and engaging with her audience, at times using just her eyes to convey all the emotion needed.
The plot centres around family values and the lifestyle imposed by the devout practice of Judaism. Couples are matched through parental agreements - it is a world where free choice is frowned upon. BMOS appear well supported and generously funded and they always put on a good show, striving to improve and encourage amateur players.
This heart-warming production of Fiddler on the Roof runs at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, until 13 June. To book tickets call 0844 871 3011 or click here.
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