Colchester Operatic Society Second Edition (CO2) do it again, with a “very talented cast” at the Mercury Theatre with their show “Musical Hits Through Time”. Don’t believe us? Well below is the NODA report….
Director Richard Harrison
Movement Director Diane Emberton
Choreographer Lorna Perrin
Performed at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester on Friday 17th September 2021
I was warmly welcomed by the CO2 Chairperson when I arrived at this splendid newly refurbished theatre. Second Edition is the Youth Group of Colchester Operatic Society with an age range of 12-20 years. Due to rehearsal restrictions caused by Covid 19 this concert was staged instead of a full musical with rehearsals taking place both via Zoom and socially distanced outdoor rehearsals. The choice of songs through the ages, from biblical to the future created variety and fully engaged the audience.
The musical arrangements were excellent and played to the very strong voices of the cast especially in solos and duets. All 30 of the cast were on stage throughout seated at the back of the stage with soloists and small groups moving to the front when required. I noticed how very well disciplined and rehearsed the cast were and all were confident, committed and mature. I found it impossible to highlight specific singers as every one of this very talented cast had a strong voice and projected exceptionally well. I particularly enjoyed the excerpts from two of my favourite musicals, Les Miserables and The Sound of Music but it was good to hear songs from less popular and more recent shows as well.
Musical Director Richard Harrison proved highly energetic, exuberant and enthusiastic, both whilst conducting and on keyboard. He was ably assisted by Daniel Law, (keyboard), Ellis Hynd, (guitar) and Mike Cutmore, (drums).This small and talented band provided just the right level of support to the singers. The sound throughout was good as was the lighting, especially the use of spots. The only backdrop was a starry curtain and there were no props other than the seats on stage for the cast. Costumes remained the same throughout ie T shirts and black trousers.
Movement Director, Diane Emberton and Choreographer, Lorna Perrin injected just enough movement to reflect the songs and all movements were completely co-ordinated. Not a step out of place especially noticeable in Fame and Queen medleys.
This was a hugely enjoyable evening and I congratulate this very talented cast of young people and all those involved in the production in any way.
Hazel Hole MBE
NODA East District 11