NODA Review: 42nd Street
Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society
Reviewed by: Trevor Guest
Friday 18 March 2016
The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Director: Pat Scully
Musical Director: Chris Passey
Choreographer: Kathryn Painter and Molly Parmenter
This is KODS Centenary Year and 42nd Street was a fitting salutation to all the previous one hundred and seven musicals and thirty seven drama productions which have entertained Kidderminster and the surrounding public with quality performances and the wide range of productions. The opening scene got the show off to a dancing musical spectacular with no left feet in view and set the high standard which continued to the finale. Not only could everyone dance, sing, and act the Director, Pat Scully, brought out every bit of humour in the script and some that wasn’t, keeping the audience continually amused.
Leading the strong cast Molly Parmenter (Peggy Sawyer) was a delight and Julian Richards (Julian Marsh) gave a polished performance and got the girl in the end. The cast list is too long to mention each individual but there was no shortfall in any performance and it was obvious that the whole Company were enjoying the dance routines and chorus numbers.
The show was polished in every aspect from the players on stage to the off stage unseen contributors to the success of the show. Stage Crew, Set design and Construction, Sound and Lighting and of course the Band were all part of the overall performance. As KODS move on to their second century we wish them well and look forward to seeing the rewards of their forward planning and encouragement with their Youth Group.
HAPPY HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY KODS