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    NODA Brigadoon Report
May 2018
    Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Brigadoon

Directed by Pauline Pope MD Geoff Allanach

Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington

1st May 2018

Now and then it’s good to see an older show and to be reminded that many of them contain some lovely music. Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon is one such show and all credit to the society for taking on the challenges it contains. Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas from New York are on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and stumble across the mythical village of Brigadoon that appears once every hundred years.

Tommy, already engaged to Jane back home, immediately falls for Fiona MacKeith and Jeff is pursued by Meg Brockie. Fiona’s sister, Jean, is about to marry Charlie Cameron, much to the annoyance of Harry Ritchie, who threatens to leave the village thus bringing an end to the magic and making the village disappear.

John Allanach and Lara McLeod were a very good pairing as Tommy and Fiona and some of their scenes together were very moving as was ‘The Heather on the Hill’. As Jeff, Dave Duffill extracted all the comedy he could from the character and he was well supported by Maggie Davies as a very lively Meg, her ‘The Love of My Life’ being very entertaining.

Rick Windley threw himself into the role of Charlie and I also liked Richard Mainprize who was a strong Andrew MacKeith, Fiona’s father. There was another powerful performance by Graham Beeston as Mr Murdoch, the Dominie. This is a very wordy part, with most of it coming in one scene, and he held his accent very well. I enjoyed Bethany Sanderson as Jean and Sebastian Carvill-Belt as Harry.

The society is not alone in having very few men, making a show like this pretty difficult for the Director, however their small group here worked very hard.

Staging was fine and very good use was made of the big screen at the back of the stage which I was seeing for the first time in full use – very impressive and it added to the emotion towards the end of the show.

Musical accompaniment was excellent on keyboard and costumes, lighting and sound were in keeping with the fairy tale mood.

This was a nice evening.

Tony Harris

NODA North East District 3 Representative

    'Brigadoon'
May 2018
   
    Thanks to Bridlington Free Press
 
    The cast of 'Brigadoon'
May 2018
   
    Thanks to Bridlington Free Press
 
    Catherine Terry and Jay Taylor
April 2018

Catherine hails from Hull and trained with Royal Ballet and at Birmingham Drama School.

She has spent most of her life working in West End theatre, in shows including ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘42nd Street’, ‘Me & My Girl’, ‘Follies’, ‘Budgie, the Musical’, ‘West Side Story’, and ‘Cats’. On tour, she has played leading roles in ‘Gypsy’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Scrooge’, ‘Blithe Spirit’, and ‘Babes in Arms’, amongst many other roles.

She was a member of the New Shakespeare Company in London and in the Middle East, and has travelled the world onboard P&O’s state of the art cruise ships, as Principal Performer in The Stadium Theatre Company & with her own Cabaret.

Her T.V. credits include Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Family Affairs, The Royal Variety Performance, 2.4 Children, and Brush Strokes. She also presented the Children’s BBC T.V. series Playdays for four years.

Catherine has released her own C.D. ‘Songtime’ and runs her own cabaret company, Songtime Entertainment. She is a regular after-dinner speaker with her presentation ‘A Life Treading the Boards’, an accomplished cabaret artist, and she also teaches drama and performance skills workshops.
To find out more about Catherine please visit her website www.songtime.biz

Jay is currently studying guitar at the Leeds College of Music and is just about to graduate. Outside the lecture hall, he teaches music, directs musical theatre, and arranges and composes for groups across the UK, from funky brass bands to choirs.

An alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra, Jay now performs diversely as a soloist and with various bands, playing guitar, double bass, piano & singing. He & Catherine have been working together for the past year.

 

 

    Members of the cast of 'A Bunch of Amateurs'
February 2018
   
    Catherine Terry
February 2018
 

Catherine has recently returned to Yorkshire, having spent most of her adult life living & working in and around London in West End Theatre & TV.


Since returning to her roots, she has become well known as a Presentational and After Dinner Speaker, giving talks to local groups about her life as a professional actress in show business, with her Presentation, ‘Catherine Terry-A Life Treading the Boards’.


She has her own Cabaret business, Songtime Entertainment & is kept busy performing Cabaret for Charity Events and parties in Yorkshire, and has recently performed her one woman concert with her pianist, Jay Taylor, for the Hornsea Music Society, as part of their season.


Local audiences have recently seen Catherine performing in the Bridlington Spa Theatre seasonal promenade production, ‘Changing Rooms at Christmas’, which was performed at Burton Constable Hall, Burton Agnes Hall & Sewerby Hall throughout the Festive Season.


Catherine is thrilled to have been asked to run a short series of workshops at the Spotlight Theatre in Bridlington.

“…Spotlight is a wonderful little theatre, and it’s great to have the opportunity to bring some theatre workshops here for the local children. We will be running a series of sessions on Saturday mornings to give local children, aged 7 to 13, the chance to experience varied aspects of theatre. We’ll be looking at working on Theatre Craft, Musical Theatre, Improvisation, Singing, Script Work, Movement & Basic Dance, with a short presentation of what we have covered in the final session. The first session (Saturday 3rd March) is a taster session to give the children an idea of what to expect. If they enjoy that, they can then sign up for a block of six more sessions in the following weeks. Hopefully it will be lots of fun & also help not only with their artistic talents, but with their confidence and life-building skills…”

2 hour Workshops every Saturday morning (except Easter Saturday 31st March) starting Saturday 3rd March until Saturday 21st April.

10.30am to 12.30pm.
£5 per session, taster session on March 3rd FREE BUT LIMITED AVAILABILITY

For details & to register for the free taster session please
email: catherine@songtime.biz or telephone: 07971 890123



 
   

January 2018

Courtesy of Bridlington Free Press

   
 

 

 

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