Singin’ in the Rain is a wonderfully colourful show, brimming with beautiful music and a host of brilliant characters. Trinity Players have arrived at the Lichfield Garrick this week to bring this iconic show to life.
They certainly pull out all the stops for the title song sequence, with rain pouring onto the stage in spectacular style. With the crowning glory of the show being the finale as the whole cast take to the stage for a rousing closing rendition of the song. Technically there were some issues through the evening, to be expected with such a demanding production. All of which were handled well by the cast and crew.
The cast were enthused from the beginning with a particular highlight being the closing sequence as Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden run into the audience. It was a beautiful moment and really brought the audience right into the heart of the action. There was certainly a lovely camaraderie present on stage, with committed and assured performances from all involved.
The trio of Dan Holyhead, Matthew Collins and Leigh-Ann James led the piece well, with Holyhead in good voice, great characterisation from Collins as Cosmo and a touching rendition of You Are My Lucky Star from James. There was also pleasing comic support from Rebecca Perry and proving that you only need a cameo appearance to make an impression, I thoroughly loved Anne Dempsey as the vocal coach in Moses.
United by a love of theatre, it is always a joy to see local talent on stage and their passion is due also to the direction of Jennifer Mears. Under the Musical Direction from Peter Bushby, the band flitted through the score with ease, although it would have been lovely if the volume had been turned up a little on them, especially in that stirring overture.
Congratulations to all involved. It is clear that this is an audience favourite as the Garrick was packed.
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