"...a fabulous, family show."
Rugeley Musical Theatre Company are, this week, staging this popular, family classic and they have certainly brought a lot of whip-crackin’ sparkle and fun to the Rose Theatre stage.
Directed by Elaine Bradbury and musically directed by Matthew Hunt, the production features well-known songs including ‘Windy City’, ‘A Woman’s Touch’, ‘Black Hills of Dakota’ and the timeless ‘Secret Love’.
Hana Bradbury makes a splendid and confident Calamity with a good singing voice and abundance of energy, playing against the dashing Connor James as Wild Bill Hickock. Kittie James is played delightfully by Katie Brown and Matthew Hunt plays the suave Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin.
Nicely choreographed by Pat Giles and Claire Hughes, and with a competent six-piece band out front, this production features a full cast of enthusiasts who are clearly enjoying every moment. A quick-change set and good tech is always a pleasure to witness and a mention should go to Elaine Bradbury and Pat Giles for managing such a vast array of excellent costumes.
Great performances by Claire Hughes (Susan), David Stacey (Henry Miller) and Emily Rogers (Adelaide Adams). Really enjoyed Roger Teece’s charismatic portrayal of Francis Fryer. Too large a cast to mention individually but congratulations to all involved on a fabulous, family show. Will look forward to Little Shop of Horrors in November.
Runs to 4th May
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