AFTER months of preparation, STUDIO 32’s winter production of White Christmas premiered…and what a performance from this very talented company.
From the moment the curtain went up the audience was treated to a spectacular show. The first scene opened in 1944 on the western front before moving forwards ten years to 1954 when the lead characters have become famous entertainers. Luke Ringrose, playing Captain Bob Wallace, put in a commanding performance in his first lead role, and starring alongside him as Private Phil Davies was Nick Morgan, who played the comic role with excellent timing.
In the female lead roles was newcomer Suzy Bradley as Judy Haynes, and Ann Bell playing sister Betty Haynes.
Early on, we were introduced to supporting characters General Waverley, played by Don Wilkinson, and moving on to 1954 we find the General running an inn and struggling to come to terms with being out of uniform. Playing opposite him we were introduced to the robust character of Martha, played by Bev McEwan.
The show contained some of Irving Berlin’s best known numbers, including Sisters, Blue Skies, and of course the title number White Christmas. Company numbers were very well staged with fine singing and dancing throughout the show and great sound and lighting.
Excellent supporting roles were played by John Palmer (Corporal Sheldrake), Alice Wakeford (Susan), Vicky Holden (Rita), and Julie Cartwright (Rhoda), Dianne Oliver (Tessie / secretary) and Sue Hurley (Jemima). The camp stage manager Mike was played by Mervyn Williams, and a special mention must be made for Keith Longsha, whose one-liners had the audience laughing in the aisles.
Director/choreographer Susan Zillah Wilson has delivered another STUDIO32 hit, setting very high professional standards and delivering a thoroughly entertaining show.
Chairman Philip Wilson commented: “It’s wonderful to be able to deliver this level of entertainment to audiences whilst raising much needed money for local charities. This show has again raised over €3,500 and I’m very proud of everyone who has worked so hard to achieve what we have with this show.”
Audiences were left with a festive smile on their faces as they were encouraged to join in with the last number White Christmas.
We look forward to seeing the company’s summer production Chicago in May/June next year. Tickets are already on pre-order and early booking is recommended.
For information on STUDIO32 and their shows visit their website www.studiothirtytwo.org