The Ad­ven­tures of Mr Toad

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Re­view by Anne Beckitt

The Mid Ar­gyll Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety re­cently show­cased their pro­duc­tion of The Ad­ven­tures of Mr Toad in Ar­dr­ishaig Hall to great ac­claim.

The praise was well-jus­ti­fied for the whole pro­duc­tion was a shin­ing ex­am­ple of what real team­work can make from good ma­te­rial.

The cast in­cluded pri­mary and se­condary stu­dents as well as adults, cov­er­ing very var­ied lev­els of stage ex­pe­ri­ence, yet they all worked to­gether with a smooth­ness that ap­peared ef­fort­less but was, in fact, the re­sult of much care and ex­pert guid­ance.

The cho­rus was as well re­hearsed as the prin­ci­pal char­ac­ters, and the ev­i­dent en­joy­ment of ev­ery ac­tor and singer meant the au­di­ence could re­lax to­tally and en­joy it all. Even lost lines, and the prob­lems of deal­ing bravely with in­juries were eas­ily man­aged with good hu­mour that won all hearts.

That kind of team con­fi­dence comes from hav­ing the care and un­der­stand­ing of first class man­age­ment.

The stag­ing was de­cep­tively sim­ple and the back­stage staff pro­duced a de­light­ful cart and car for Mr Toad, plus his horse, and the cos­tumes, while not elab­o­rate, were most ef­fec­tive. All were well-re­hearsed, and the singing was clearly the re­sult of very care­ful ex­pert teach­ing. It was a great plea­sure to see how some of the young voices have been de­vel­op­ing since their last ap­pear­ance in The Wizard of Oz.

We would have liked a cou­ple of the char­ac­ters to project spo­ken parts more au­di­bly but over­all the clar­ity of words should be com­pli­mented.

The en­ergy of Mr Toad him­self car­ried all be­fore him, just as it is writ­ten in the script and the orig­i­nal Wind in the Wil­lows.

No in­di­vid­ual names are here men­tioned, quite de­lib­er­ately, as the out­stand­ing im­pres­sion of this show was the seam­less blend­ing of the en­tire team in­volved, with each and ev­ery par­tic­i­pant a star in their own right.

51_a47MrToad02 The amaz­ing cast of The Ad­ven­tures of Mr Toad.

The Wind in the Wil­lows crit­ters nosey in on a new dis­cov­ery. 51_a47MrToad08

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