Touchwood Theatre Company celebrate their 20th anniversary with a musical revue of past shows and featured songs. The evening was narrated by Clive Jones who has played a vital part in Touchwood’s success and is President of the company. His voice was clear and professional. His words added a sense of family towards the cast members, past and present.
The show featured two songs dedicated to late company members. ‘Secret Love’ was performed in memory of Jess Underwood and ‘It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love’ was performed in memory of James Chenery. Both were performed wonderfully.
Annie Get Your Gun favourite ‘Anything You Can Do’ was performed with a twist to the characters. Instead of being a duet between Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, Touchwood brought to the stage a duet between Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. A brilliant idea!
There must have been some bandits in the audience because the Treasure Island song ‘Never Get Caught’ caused a huge cheer from wannabe pirates.
Never has ballet been so fun with ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’. The female dancers elegantly performed their section but were replaced by a rabble of heavy footed men in what was more like Dance of the Sugar Plum Elephants. This left the audience laughing to tears especially when the female dancers returned to the stage and attempted to create order from chaos.
The opening was a little shaky with the orchestra losing the tune in the overture however this was quickly resolved and the audience were soon enjoying wonderful arrangements of their favourite show tunes.
Overall the show was excellent and every cast member played a strong part. As is always the case with revues, there are never enough words to describe every element of the production so you will have to go and see it for yourself. A fun evening of entertainment to celebrate 20 years of success.