Review of A Night at the Musicals from the Wessex Musical Theater

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They used to be called the Weymouth Operatic Society but now, 100 years after their inception, they are the Wessex Musical Theater and they still know how to put on a good show that audiences love.

This Paulie Beecroft-directed compilation production, (subcorrect) features songs from 17 shows that are just a fraction of the musicals they’ve staged since 1922, but the 39 singers and 5 musicians brought them to life to memorable songs from Oliver, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls and The Boyfriend, to name a few of the magical songs they performed on stage.

Solo singers like Stella Brading, Darrell Hounsome and Paul Brewster led the way with hit songs like Anything Goes, Beautiful Morning and Do you Hear the People Sing that bring back fond memories of days gone by while visiting a show. at the Pavilion was a regular treat for residents of Dorset.

Largely dominated by female choristers, the male minority nevertheless imposes itself with the choirs of Les Misérables, Half a Sixpence and Pirates of Penzance, not to mention the men of the group led by Alistair Dean, a remarkably talented pianist.

This highly enjoyable production continues through Saturday 4th June and the company’s outdoor singing show at Fort de la Nothe on Friday 1st July is also expected to attract large audiences, given the skill and enthusiasm they showed so much enthusiasm at the Pavilion. Welcome everyody,

MARION COX

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