OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION
Society ; Aldermaston Players
Production ; “OH COWARD”
Date ; Friday 24th February 2012
Venue ; Aldermaston Parish Hall
Report by ; Henry Hawes – NODA Representative – Area
On Friday 24th February 2012, I was
pleased to be invited to the Aldermaston Players second presentation since
being affiliated to NODA, and what a good start they have made! From their
double bill, ‘Art’ and ‘Man’s View’ to this evenings presentation ‘Oh Coward’,
which was combined with an excellent meal, and certainly bodes well for this
progresive and enthusiastic group.
The evenings entertainment was in the
format of a Revue of Noel Coward’s work who is best known for his comic
masterpieces such as Blithe Spirit, Private Lives and Hay Fever. But apart from
that, Coward was one of the most prolific songwriters of his day and wrote over
300 songs in his 60 year career and we were presented with a number of his better
known songs during the course of the evenings entertainment which resulted in a
pleasant evening. It had been well staged with good continuity throughout.
THE LADIES THE
Kim Antell Nigel
Tricia Goodchild Andrew
Hils Latimer Chris
Kerry Woodley Chris
– These ten performers certainly presented Coward in the right light with a wealth of Coward’s songs all presented in the ‘Coward’ manner. All the cast entered into the spirit of this production and certainly made an impact on the receptive audience. The performers presented some good singing voices with good diction and projection so that every word could be heard and it was obvious that there was a joy of performing which was enhanced by the superb and sympathetic playing of the piano – I was given to understand that two of your performers, Kerry Woodley and Andrew Dutton, experienced a ‘baptism of fire’, being the first time they have performed. From an observers pount of view, nobody would have known, and Congratulations to you all.
Chris Boott – (PRODUCER / DIRECTOR) –
Chris had certainly selected a good production to run in conjunction with a
‘supper evening’. His cast had been well rehearsed in their characterisations
and movement about the restricted stage area ensuring an evening of ‘Coward
Nostalgia’ – Congratulations.
Cynthia Newman – (STAGE MANAGER) – This
appeared to have been a well managed stage throughout with no visble hitches.
Angie Boott assisted by
Angela Shirt – (WARDROBE
MISTRESS) – The costumes devised by Angie and Angela fitted the various
characters and at the same time gave a good indication of the period.
Chris Chapman – (LIGHTING & SOUND)
– Chris had ensured that the lighting was suitable for the performance with no
shadows being seen, sound was also of a good quality as every word could be
heard at the back of the hall.
Sally Goodworth – (PIANIST) – Sally
displayed a lovely touch on the piano when accompanying the performers, it was
a delight to listen to.
Fiona Wilson – (REHEARSAL PIANIST) –
Fiona had obviously worked hard during rehearsals ensuring the cast sang Noel
Coward’s numbers as he intended.
Angie Boott – (PROPERTIES) – All
properties used looked authentic and fitted the period of the various numbers.
Kerry Woodley – (MAKE-UP) – All make-up
appeared to have been well applied with the performers looking natural under
the stage lights.
Set – (MEMBERS OF THE CAST)
-This was a simplistic but effective set which ensured the maximum space was
available for the performers, together with a piano and certainly helped to set
the scene for what followed.
Programme – A neat programme of
the right size. It contained all the necessary information, well laid out with
items of interest. It is good in this day and age to see a programme that is
not inundated with adverts – Well done.
Karen Baldwin – (FRONT OF HOUSE) –
Pleasant Front of House who were helpful and attentive to the audience.
Jean Chapman – (CHEF) & Staff –
An excellent menu, well cooked and presented and served with aplomb by the
Thank you for inviting
me to review your latest presentation and your hospitality. I look forward in
anticipation to your next presentation and wish you all success with it.
NODA Representative –
London Region – Area 13