Oh the mayhem! Show caps four seasons of fun
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.
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.
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.