NODA Review: Calamity Jane
Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society
Reviewed by Trevor Guest
16th March 2012
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Director: John Jones
Musical Director: Barry Hipkiss
Choreographer: Tena Parmenter
A vibrant opening number ‘The Deadwood Stage’ from Calamity and ensemble fully engaged the audience and gave the show an uplifting start. Chorus and ensemble singing, dancing and movement were first class throughout the whole show and the four dancers were all well choreographed and versatile.
Kathryn Knight was a feisty and convincing ‘Calamity’ and her singing of My Secret Love was lovely. Julian Richards ‘Wild Bill Hickock’ well matched her and eventually turned her from tomboy to a tender loving woman. Julian now has a wide vocal range hardly tested in this show but his Higher Than A Hawk was superb. Dave Clarke’s excellent performance as ‘Francis Fryer’ won the hearts of the ladies in the audience. Doug Forrester, ‘Danny Gilmartin’ and Zoe Arran, ‘Katie Brown’, were well matched and Pat Scully, ‘Adelaide Adams’ and Mike Greenfield, ‘Henry Miller’, completed a strong cast.
The show has more than a dozen tuneful musical numbers, which set the toes tapping and audience smiling. The whole Company can take great credit for this excellent performance and is the sort of entertainment audiences need in these austere times.