The Sound of Musicals – Haworth West Lane Baptist Amateurs.

ANOTHER triumph this year for this society as we were treated to a superb afternoon’s entertainment.

Once again we were off to a great start with Ron McGill, Tim Bastow and Peter Robinson sweeping the carpet in preparation for their very funny “Three Ages of Man” sketch – very cleverly written with a “local” flavour thrown in.

The first half included a selection from Kiss Me Kate, following by The Sound of Music, and we were all invited to sing along with the title song, My Favourite Things and Edelweiss.

It was lovely to sit back and be entertained with such lovely numbers from shows that are not often performed these days – Showboat, Camelot and Gigi – and it’s also nice to hear numbers that are not so familiar to really showcase people’s talents.

“Sing for Your Supper” was a beautifully-sung trio from Boys from Syracuse, followed shortly after that in complete contrast with a lovely solo performance of “The Things I Never Said” from First Date, The Musical, which was so emotionally sung.

Act One finished with a lovely selection from South Pacific – with the most beautiful harmonies blending superbly.

Act Two opened with a terrific sketch - very cleverly delivered with such “deadpan” expressions – entitled “The Story of Cinderella”.

Jo Mulley gave us a very dramatic rendition of “With One Look” from Sunset Boulevard, and we were then transported to the French Riviera for a lovely selection from The Boyfriend.

With numbers from Porgy and Bess, The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King and Guys and Dolls firing us through the second act, we then were treated to a couple of numbers from The Man from La Mancha.

Helen and Gill Dobson gave us a beautiful rendition of “For Good” from Wicked, before we were then transported into The King & I – where once again the audience were encouraged to sing along with the magnificent company renditions of “Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?”.

After David’s solo performance of “There May Be Trouble Ahead” the Company’s finale piece was “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel – this certainly brought the house down, with the whole audience joining in – and such was the applause that we were treated to an encore.

Congratulations everyone – you gave us such a beautiful selection of musical numbers to listen to, and singly and collectively you make a wonderful sound.

Sally Holmes, district rep for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association