NODA REVIEWS

Little Shop of Horrors

 

Date

3rd November 2017

Society

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society

Venue

Lyric Theatre Carmarthen

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Daniel Rhys Williams

Musical Director

Steffan Hughes

Report

Author: Councillor Jordan Hill

Little Shop of Horrors a musical which takes me back to my secondary school days when I played Seymour. CAOS captured the scenes beautifully with an impressive set which flowed wonderfully during scene changes.

It was evident that every member of the cast performed well giving enthusiasm and energy whilst on stage. The ensemble was strong and sang well supporting the principle parts on stage. Costumes were well sourced and added to the overall positive experience.

Iwan Rhys Williams played Seymour with conviction, offering good characterisation and portraying great meekness. Iwan raised his character from a meek florist’s assistant to the confident guy able to pursue his love for Audrey. Matched so well in the part of Audrey by Cerys James who had a sweet gentle character and sung so well. It was a well-played duo.

The OTT character of Orin the Dentist played by Cuan Rowlands played a convincing character. Cuan’s timing was terrific and he made this sadistic Dentist very real and quite scary, as well as being hugely amusing. The audience really appreciated the fun he brought to this character.

Mr Mushnik, Seymour’s boss played by Gareth Kirby gave a confident performance and I was extremely impressed with the production teams vision and how convincing Mr Mushnik looked. The duet ‘Mushnik & Son’ was so well played and timed.

The Ronnetts played by Gabby Roberts, Celyn Jones and Sarah Kirby all fitted so well together and their close knit harmonies all throughout the show were spot on. Terrific performances from you all.

Audrey 11 played by Matthew Tucker was the voice of Audrey and this was his first show with the company, he was an important character, and his diction was clear and good. Matthew done a terrific job in a very small space with the Monster that was the Plant.

The band played well under the direction of Steffan Hughes and I feel a huge well done needs to be given to the production team who brought this wonderful production together.

Congratulations CAOS you all worked extremely hard, I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next year.

Da Iawn CAOS! 

 

 The Wizard Of Oz

 

Date

22nd May 2015

Society

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society

Venue

Lyric Theatre

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Dan Williams

Musical Director

Helen Wyn

Choreographer

Kelly-Marie Hook

Report

Author: Brian Slate

And off to see the wizard who was packing them in at the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen. In a richly colourful and attractive production by Dan Williams, we were soon over the rainbow and lost in a world of innocent charm and fun, toe tapping to familiar tunes. Safara Halpin made the role of Dorothy her own in  a beautifully sung performance of assurance and sensitivity. Her fellow adventurers- the Scarecrow (Iwan Williams), Tin Man (Cuan Rowlands) and the Cowardly Lion (Steffan Hughes) – were all played with youthful zest and endearing well defined and convincing  charecterisations, four very talented young players. The acidic, dislikeable Almira Gulch, was horrendously loveable as the Wicked Witch of the West in a crackling performance by  Bethany Williams Potter, which earned her boos aplenty.  Glinda the Good Witch of the North was comfortingly and calmly played by Chelsea Axon. Colourful characters in well;-played cameos with Oliver Goulstone as the Showman Prof. Marvel and the bungling Wizard, Phil Thomas as dear old Uncle Henry, Louise Weldon as a safe mumsy Aunt Em, and a scene stealing performance by  Harry Williams Potter as the Emerald City Gatekeeper.A well behaved, tactile and tolerant performance by Dorothy`s pet dog Toto. A fine team of youngsters were a joy to watch in all they did, so confident and well rehearsed and lighting up the stage with bags of energy and enthusiasm. Musical Director Helen Wyn gave the score  a bright fulsome backing and the show was a riot of colour with costumes by The Costume Emporium. The magnificent set  by Scenic Projects , the pyrotechnics, video footage and  sound effects completed a thoroughly enjoyable evening along the Yellow Brick Road.

Congratulations to all involved with this production, hard work does pay off. Thanks for the hospitality. Look forward to meeting up with you all again.

 

Oliver

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society

Date

15 May 2014

Venue

Lyric Theatre

Type of Production

Musical

Producer / Director

Marc Skone

Musical Director

Helen Wyn

Choreographer

Joy Evans

Review

Author: Brian Slate

This was an impressive staging of Lionel Bart`s Musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist. From the depressing workhouse opening scene the stage was soon illuminated by the great characters, cheeky faces and infectious enthusiasm of a well rehearses, lively bunch of youngsters who were going to give us entertainment as pleading “Food Glorious Food” orphans and trainee pick pocketing villains. The lad who “wanted more”, young Oliver perfectly sang and broke hearts with “Where is Love”, in an assured and confident performance by Gruffudd Evans. Rhian Owen proved less than cuddlesome as the orphanage Matron, the widow Corney, romantically pursued by a very devious Mr Bumble played by Dafydd Davies. Th ghoulish undertaker and his dominant wife Mr and Mrs Soweberry were nicely gothic performances by Oliver Goulstone and Claire Richards, with Bethany Potter Williams obnoxious as their daughter Charlotte, and Iwan Williams, an Asbo_worthy bully boy Noah Claypole.he funeral parlour was an area of macabre fun. Befriending the runaway Oliver , Oliver John was a winning Artful Dodger, a real “cockney sparrer” , light footed, light fingered and with bags of charm. A colourful nimble performance by the very experienced Daniel Williams as the loveable villain Fagin, delivered his many numbers with crisp clarity and a deft touch of humour. Georgie Tipping played the warmth and drama of the tragic Nancy with conviction and sensitivity and beautifully sang the hit number “As Long AS He Needs Me” to make a heart touching highlight. Abigail Morgan as Bet gave great support as her young friend. Adam Quill was heavy in menace and evil as the sinister Bill Sykes. Phil Thomas and Margaret Collins Thomas as the worthy Mr Brownlow and housekeeper Mrs Bedwin. Other minor roles were played with great enthusiasm and expertise and added to the overall production.

With a young enthusiastic company this was a bright cheerful, fast moving production with well choreographed production numbers by Joy Evans and, under the baton of Helen Wyn and a fine band the Lionel Bart score, with it`s lightness was as fresh as ever. Artistic Director Marc Scone is to congratulated on bringing this production to fruition. The wardrobe by, Footlights Costumers was a visual delight. The excellent staging was well used and silently and swiftly handled. A special mention for the imaginative and atmospheric lighting.

This production was a real treat and was fully deserving of all the acclaim it has received.

 

Carousel

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society

Date

4 May 2013

Venue

Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

Producer / Director

Carys Richards

Musical Director

Helen Wyn

Choreographer

Joy Evans

Review

Author: Brian Sullivan

Celebrating 122 years and being the longest surviving Society in Wales the Society chose to present an evergreen Rodgers & Hammerstein show and gave an opportunity to young Carys Richards to direct her first show .She gave us a tight and fast moving production which went down well with the audience and was blessed with the experienced Helen Wyn as Musical Director, who produced a good sound from the orchestra and made the five men in the chorus sound like fifteen !!

Benn Llewellyn as Billy had a fine voice which he used to great effect  demonstrating his aggression but requires a little discipline with his hands. He was well partnered by Alys Williams as Julie.

Abigail Morgan as Carrie handled the comedy with great skill and had a perfect foil in Mark Jennings as Enoch Snow

Taking the honours was undoubtedly Dan Williams as Jigger. This was a well rounded characterisation full of fascinating detail and a delicious sense of comedy. A performer to watch in the future!

Great support came from Margaret Collins Thomas as a warm ,loving Nettie, Claire Richards as the mean Mrs. Mullins, Kelly-Marie Hook as Louise and Brian Slate as Bascombe.

Joy Evans choreographed a fine Ballet which told the story so well. Chorus and dancers were totally focused throughout.

The simple but effective scenery worked well and costumes complemented the production.

It was good to see so many young people on stage – hold on to them !!

 

 

 

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