March and District Amateur Operatic Society produced an exuberant and colourful production of the musical Kiss me Kate. This is quite a challenge to do as the musical score is difficult to say the least and the subject matter, including a woman being spanked on stage, is quite uncomfortable to today’s modern views.
There were many excellent performances but Sam Rose (Lois Lane) was outstanding, managing to look pert and of the period whilst belting out the numbers in true show style. ‘Always True to You in My Fashion’ was very poignant. But individual performances were almost secondary to the big chorus numbers and I am still singing ‘Too Darn Hot’ which was a very atmospherically staged piece where you could almost feel the Baltimore heat. Ryan Ogden (Paul) was particularly outstanding but all the cast were brilliant and made this into a production number to remember. At the end of it the audience were gasping almost as much as the cast from the energy and colour.
The wonderful thing about March Operatic is that the chorus is full of people with different talents all of whom look like they are really enjoying themselves. It was certainly a ‘feel good’ evening and where else can you find an orchestra actually playing the songs? Special mention to the technical team for making it easy to hear and the costume department must have gone into over, over time to make the lovely costumes and there were very many costume changes.
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