Solihull Arts Complex fell well and truly under the spell of the Witches of Eastwick tonight in Solihull Theatre Company's production of the same name.
The production is dedicated to one of their founder members, Chris Macrow, who tragically died following a cycling accident in 2014. The cast and production team have certainly done him proud.
The story revolves around the arrival of a mysterious and roguish character, Darryl Van Horne (played brilliantly by Michael Greene) to the town of Eastwick and his subsequent influence over three of the ladies in the town Jane Smart (played by Nicky Ginns), Sukie Rougemont (played by Anya Small) and Alex Spofford (played by Amy Price), giving them, among other things, magical powers! His arrival also impacts on other characters, notably the annoying town busybody Felicia Gabriel (played by Helen Gibbs) and Clyde Gabriel (played by Ian Page) whose story ends rather darkly and tragically (we won't give any spoliers!).
The three Witches, who actually flew at one point, gave strong and compelling performances. Their chemistry on stage really helped to put across the story and their harmonies were sung with conviction and sensitivity. They were ably assisted by a lively, energetic and well-drilled chorus. Special mention must go to Jo Murphy and Chris Johnstone in the roles of Jennifer Gabriel and Michael Spofford, who were excellent, singing Something so beautifully. Other special mentions, also, to twins Lucy and Hannah Dyer whose portrayal of the Little Girls really brought the show to life.
Katherine Allen gave a stellar performance as Fidel, even though she only had two words! They say silence is golden and in this case, it certainly was!
Credit must go to the production team of Andrew Johnson (Director), Chris Davis (Musical Director) and Emma Ridgers (Choreographer) who put together a slick, professional and enjoyable show.
Solihull really 'Danced with the Devil' tonight!
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