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2011 - Review: Back to the 80′s

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle I am not a fan of this kind of show – an extremely flimsy plot written as a vehicle for songs of an era – but in this case it was helped by some of the most enthusiastic performances I have ever seen. The young members of Kidderminster Operatic Society obviously enjoyed every minute of the [...]

2011 - Review: Crazy For You

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle March 31st 2011 THIS may be an old, somewhat dated show but how great to hear those wonderful Gershwin songs such as Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and many more. Kathryn Knight was the star of this production with her superb [...]

2011 - NODA Review: Crazy for You

Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Crazy for You Director: Nigel Preece Musical Director: Sue Wyer Choreographer: Wendy Richards Venue: Rose Theatre, Kidderminster So full of wonderfully tuneful Gershwin music all very well sung by principals and chorus. Katherine Knight, “Polly” was excellent in the role and her singing a delight. I particularly enjoyed ‘Someone to Watch Over [...]

2010 - Review: Noises Off

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle September 23rd 2010 This was the best version I have seen of Michael Prayn’s popular play, which in the past has been disappointing. Perhaps my enjoyment was mainly due to the brilliant cast, who all played their roles superbly. The story is about a touring play. The first act shows [...]

2010 - NODA Review: Fiddler on the Roof

Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Fiddler on the Roof Director: John Jones Musical Director: Barry Hipkiss Choreographer: Kathryn Knight Venue: Rose Theatre, Kidderminster A ‘big’ show like this is difficult to present on a small stage but the problem was overcome minimal scenery and deft changes. Playing “Tevye” for the third time Nigel Preece looked [...]

2010 - Review: Fiddler on the Roof

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle DRAMA, pathos, humour and those wonderful songs – Fiddler is given another airing by KODS and again it is a great success. I first saw Nigel Preece as Tevye in 1989 and he has now made the role his own, here portraying him for a third time and once again [...]

2009 - NODA Review: Out of Order

Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Out of Order Director: Pat Scully Venue: The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster A Member of Parliament and an Opposition typist are all set for a cosy evening at a London hotel when they discover a body hanging in their window. PANIC. The M.P. sends for his P.P.S. who quickly becomes the [...]

2009 - NODA Review: Hot Mikado

Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Hot Mikado Director: John Jones Musical Director: Barry Hipkiss Choreographer: Wendy Richards Venue: The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster Transport the town of Titipu from Japan to down town Gangland in any American City in the 1940′s and we have the setting for Hot Mikado. The music was delightfully upbeat, the costumes colorful  lighting just [...]

2009 - Review: Hot Mikado

From The Kidderminster Shuttle Tuesday 10th March 2009 AS a Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado, I approached The Rose with some trepidation, to see what I knew to be a ‘swing’ version of the masterpiece. However, this is so totally different, that I enjoyed it immensely. It does not just modernise the original, but puts a completely [...]

2008 - Review: Secondary Cause of Death

Taken From The Kidderminster Shuttle October 2nd 2008 TWISTS and turns abound in this spoof on Whodunnits, which starts a little slowly but once it gets going, is hilarious. Nigel Preece leads the cast as Inspector Pratt, and never was anyone so aptly named! he is hopeless at solving murders, even coming to the conclusion [...]

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