An ab­sorb­ing and in­ven­tive ride

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CAROUSEL is a big, emo­tional show, and KLOS Mu­si­cal Theatre’s pro­duc­tion last week at Win­ston Churchill Theatre, Ruis­lip, did it full jus­tice.

Set in 19th cen­tury New Eng­land, it told the story of Billy Bigelow, a fair­ground barker whose trou­bled mar­riage and life end in sui­cide when a rob­bery goes wrong.

He gets a chance to re­deem him­self by re­turn­ing to earth for a brief visit to in­spire his now teenage daugh­ter, Louise, to be­lieve in her­self.

Trevor D Oakes’s ex­pert di­rec­tion gave full value to both dra­matic and comic mo­ments – many of the lat­ter sup­plied by Ian Byrne as the vil­lain­ous Jig­ger.

An­drea Clare was the warm heart of the piece as cousin Net­tie, singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, Kirsty Hogge danced grace­fully and acted sym­pa­thet­i­cally as Louise, while more com­edy came from Lizzie Ab­bott and Tony Pullin as the pompous, am­bi­tious fish­er­man and his ir­rev­er­ent bride.

As Julie, the mis­treated but de­voted hero­ine, Carly Cun­ning­ham sang beau­ti­fully and found all the pathos in the role. Oliver McLaugh­lin gave a com­mand­ing, charis­matic per­for­mance as Billy Bigelow, with his fa­ther and sis­ter also in the cast. Jo Butt de­vised the apt chore­og­ra­phy and the or­ches­tra was in the ca­pa­ble hands of Roy Mathers. This was an ab­sorb­ing and in­ven­tive pro­duc­tion which was en­joyed im­mensely by a ca­pac­ity au­di­ence. KLOS’s next show,

Call Me Madam, will be at the same venue in March and de­tails will soon be on the web­site; www.klos­mu­si­calthe­atre.

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