To Mike Spurgeon, Chairman Colchester Operatic Society
3rd February 2011
I saw the present production of Sweeney Todd on Tuesday evening, and I would be obliged if you would post this on a notice board where it can be seen by members of the company.
As NODA Councillor I get to see around 80 shows a year in East Anglia as I have done since 2005/6, and I can tell you without reservation that this production is the best that I have seen in that period, and I mean that in the overall sense. As far as Colchester is concerned I have no doubt that it is the best I have been in/seen since I became a member in1969.
This was a cast to wish for, with principals diction, voices and actions right in line to express the brittle mood that would not let go of the audience. Chorus too were great and with that very important
element in a Sondheim Show, that of clearly understood diction. As for set, lighting, costume and sound, it all gelled to a very high degree of competence and in effect.
Great work by Musical Director orchestra and company, very smoothly run by yourself as stage Director and top notch direction from Dani. .
On my travels I see many good shows; what I saw on Tuesday was a production of an excellence seldom reached by amateur companies.
Many congratulations to you all.
Councillor NODA East