Dames at Sea

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Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Mona Angela Sturgeon
Dick Powell Carl Smith
Ruby Keeler Deb McDowell
Joan Tara O'Sullivan
Lucky Hamilton Faber
Captain Bob Salter

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Andy Locke
Choreographer Melanie Edwards
Musical Director Carole Baker

Reviews & Awards

George Allan - Middlesex Chronicle

October 1998 

One of the mainstays of the Hollywood musical, especially during the 1930s, was the ‘backstage’ plot, with the troupers, whether they were struggling professionals or a group of youngsters trying to break into the big-time, overcoming all odds and obstacles to get their show on the stage.

‘Dames at Sea’, which was given in the Studio Theatre of Richmond Adult College last week by Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society (BROS), is an affectionate send-up of all those movies and is highly successful because it does not attempt to poke fun at the genre, but in a way, to celebrate it.

BROS’s presentation of the show was sheer joy, from beginning to end, not least because the whole cast played the piece absolutely straight, allowing the audience to see the funny side of the whole procedure and to enjoy the accuracy and good-naturedness of the parody, for which much praise must go to director Andy Locke.

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Helen Taylor - Richmond & Twickenham Times

ALL-SINGING ALL-DANCING ENTERTAINMENT

The first night was packed and apparently there were queues of people waiting for returned tickets for each performance of Barnes and Richmond Operatic Society’s latest production.

Dames At Sea was being put on in the Studio Theatre at Parkshot in Richmond. It was described as a spoof on the wonderful movies made by Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell in those long-ago black and white days of showbiz schmaltz.

The music for the show was supplied by two pianos and some percussion and this was produced with panache and joy by Carole Baker, Michael Morwood and Robin Goddard.

The story doesn’t bear too much scrutiny. Suffice to say that a theatrical company is trying put on a show – we see them in rehearsal and agonising over who is to get what role and falling in love and worrying about the demolition of the theatre they’re about to open in and encouraging a raw newcomer… well, all pretty much as one remembers.

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Show Date: October 1998

Venue: Parkshot Studio

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