Kiss Me Kate
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Cast & Creative
|Fred Graham||Bryan Cardus|
|Lilli Vanessi||Mandy Stenhouse|
|Lois Lane||Maggie Dawson|
|Bill Calhoun||Andrew MacBean|
|Harry Trevor||Iain Calder|
|Harrison Howell||John Boult|
|Musical Director||Carl Smith|
|Costume Designer||Suzy Rafferty|
|Set Designer||Wyn Humphries|
|Production Manager||Margaret Collier|
|Stage Manager||Andy Woodger|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Alan Gravestock|
|Lighting Coordinator||Ed Pagett|
|Dance Captain||Angela Sturgeon|
|Make Up and Wigs||Jacqui Shreeve|
|Props Supervision||David Simpson|
|Assisted by||Marion Alais|
|Set Construction||David & Sarah Holland|
|Sound Installation||R G Jones|
|Rehearsal Accompanist||Carole Baker|
|Rehearsal Photogrpher||Jeffrey Darlington|
|BROS Ticket Sales||Ellen Harvey-Smart|
|Publicity Liaison||Sarah Storer|
Reviews & Awards
This production of BROS at Poleden Lacey was professional in every way, from the music of your orchestra directed by Carl Smith, dazzling choreography by Mandy Demetriou, costume design by Suzy Raftery, all put together by Director Meg Murnane. Outstanding is the word that describes all the elements of this production, and what a marvellous credit the Society is to the amateur stage.
You had a cast of Stars and that includes all members of the chorus, choreography was of the highest standard and on this occasion the gentlemen outshone the ladies, the rehearsal mode was tremendous, whilst when they became strolling players we had a complete contrast in style and mannerisms.
Bryan Cardus gave a positive Fred Graham with fine renditions of his songs, we had an excellent lib in the Petruchio role and he played both characters with considerable skill.
We had a very sharp character from Maggie Dawson as Lois Lane, it was a pleasure to watch her work, the quality of her singing and acting was superb.
The Kate of Mandy Stenhouse was excellent, fine diction, and singing and suitable annoyance with Fred, I felt more could have been made of the fight scene, and more venom was required from both players, I understand it was the Saturday matinee on a very hot day and this may explain the gentle approach.
Andrew MacBean played the part of Bill Calhoun with panache, a nice controlled performance with a personality that balanced well with the other members of the cast.
The casting of Steve Alais as Angel and Ben Karp as Moose was ideal, and this duo made an excellent job of the gangsters, their humour floated across the footlights, and they gave us two individual characters, they made a hit with the Brush up Your Shakespeare number and overall provided excellent entertainment.
Paul as played by Jim Trimmer and Hattie played by Helen Jenkins gave us nice tidy portrayals of the dressers, this was acting at it’s best, very natural movements, the flick of the head, the sharp turn of the heel, and reaction to the leads every whim.
Richard Matthiae made a good job of the Pop Bagell part, strict attention to detail as the stage doorman which he held throughout the show.
John Boult gave us a satisfactory Harrison Howell getting the maximum humour from the part.
Iain Calder gave great support to all the principals as Harry Trevor this was an excellent effort and fitted in well in the overall production, an important part well played.
Peter Henson gave us an almost panto warden winchester, he demanded attention whenever he appeared on stage, and was most supportive to the rest of the cast.
Richard Fyfe made a first class contribution to the production as Hortensio, we did enjoy the Tom, Dick, and Harry number.
Betty Binster (a new character to me) as played by Elizabeth Ross gave the opening that sparkle that makes an audience sit up and take notice, we did.
We have all met Will Brooks on many theatre stages and his Ralph character was rounded to perfection. Well done.
Your superb set was very well handled by a competent crew, your sound was fine, in fact the whole set up was excellent.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this production. Rose and I thank you for your invitation, and look forward to your next show.