Oh the may­hem! Show caps four sea­sons of fun

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BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK

Staff After a sen­sa­tional four-year run be­fore sold-out au­di­ences at ev­ery per­for­mance, we sadly bid farewell to won­der­ful Mu­sic & May­hem, Rose­mary Chat­ter­son’s riotous Christ­mas mu­si­cal com­edy re­vue that saw its fi­nal per­for­mance on Sun­day.

It was a mati­nee and peo­ple be­gan ar­riv­ing at Dun­ve­gan’s DRA Hall an hour be­fore cur­tain time to get seats close to the stage. For a handful it was their first taste of Mu­sic & May­hem, but for a good many more who were there, the show has been a yearly tra­di­tion since open­ing night in 2015.

Once peo­ple were seated, with en­cour­age­ment from master of cer­e­monies Scott Gra­ham, the au­di­ence cheered and ap­plauded, stamp­ing their feet un­til the cur­tain was pulled back to re­veal the en­tire cast burst­ing into the in­tro num­ber.

The cast, all lo­cal am­a­teurs, was out­stand­ing as al­ways, the skits pol­ished to per­fec­tion. The jokes, tim­ing and singing num­bers all spot-on and hi­lar­i­ous. The troupe was ob­vi­ously en­er­gized at their fi­nal adieu per­for­mance in front of a rap­tur­ous au­di­ence. After four years and scores of per­for­mances, the show was sharper than ever this year, the ac­tors fo­cused and re­laxed as they sam­pled the show’s favourite songs and skits from over the past three years.

There is no doubt that Rose­mary Chat­ter­son, who wrote and di­rected the pro­duc­tion, could re­turn with her tal­ented cast and smash hit next year and again fill lit­tle DRA Hall for as many per­for­mances as she likes, but that is not her plan. She in­sists that Sun­day’s show was a wrap, but she doesn’t doesn’t rule out re­turn­ing in a few years with an­other show. For now, the play­ers can rest on their lau­rels as hav­ing brought to Glen­garry one of the most suc­cess­ful en­ter­tain­ment events peo­ple can re­mem­ber.

Food bank

Since its start, Mu­sic & May­hem has raised in the vicin­ity of $20,000 for the St-Vin­cent-dePaul food bank in Alexan­dria. At Fri­day’s per­for­mance, one of the event’s big­gest part­ner­ing spon­sors, the Caisse pop­u­laire de la Val­lée in Alexan­dria, pre­sented the cast with a cheque for $1,000.

This year’s shows also in­cluded a short carol sing in place of an in­ter­mis­sion, and after the rous­ing and emo­tional stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd, ev­ery­one was in­vited to stay on for mulled cider, cof­fee and light desserts which they did, press­ing in to con­grat­u­late the cast mem­bers and stage crew.

MAR­GARET CALBICK PHO­TOS

RIOTOUS RE­VUE: Jim Winch­ester and Al­lan Mac­Don­ald proved once again that they will do al­most any­thing to get a laugh. The Mu­sic and May­hem cast mem­bers belt out one of sev­eral con­ven­tional and tweaked hol­i­day favourites dur­ing their fourth and fi­nal con­cert se­ries in Dun­ve­gan.

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