Show leaves audience with a happy glow - catch it if you can
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 April 2018
Over a rather dismal Easter weekend the sun certainly had its hat on at the Manor Pavilion Theatre for Sidmouth Musical Theatre's production of Me and my Girl.
Cockney costermonger Bill Snibson faces a dilemma when he unexpectedly inherits the Earldom of Hareford, and is thrust in the midst of his horrified new aristocratic relations who attempt to mould him into their ways, and separate him from his Lambeth girl.
The orchestra set the scene with an overture of familiar tunes, and the curtains opened on to a sumptuous coffee and cream scenario, showing servants and guests preparing for a country weekend. As the relatives gather to greet the ‘interloper’ they seek advice from Parchester the ‘family solicitor’, a charismatic and well-received performance from Rick Rugg, only to have their worst fears of ‘jellied eels on the Crown Derby’ confirmed!
Jake Burlow played Bill with a slick and cheeky charm and was well partnered by Jessica-Rose Morris (reminiscent of her grandmother on the very same stage) as his girl Sally, both maintained their characters throughout and sang and danced with ease.
Sandria Stewart as Bill’s aunt the Duchess was definitely in-charge, but brought a warmth to the character when she came to appreciate his true nature.
Vicky Evans was glamorous and stylish as Lady Jacqueline, quickly ditching her fiancée Gerald, played by Adam Owen-Jones as a typical upper-class chinless wonder, and making a play for Bill with great expertise! Nigel Broome was suitably urbane as Sir John who helps Sally win the day, and Steve Vernon ideal as the butler – his expressions said it all! Delightful cameos from Baz Breadmore, Debbie Broome, and Brian Rees added to the fun, and the extensive chorus played their parts with energy and enthusiasm.
Costumes were well co-ordinated, with lots of quick changes to keep everyone on their toes, in addition to all the dancing and the scene changes!
Music and choreography was expertly handled by Jeremy Rawlings and Vicky Evans, and this sparkling script updated by Stephen Fry, was deftly directed by Mark Kingston, with the closing sequences leaving the audience with a very happy glow! Catch it if you can!‘Tricia Barclay