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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 show, and put 100 per cent effort into their performances.

The star of the evening was Sam Kenyon. He can sing and act and looks good – surely a star of the future.

Other outstanding performances came from Joshua Haywood as the class geek, Tom Dobbins as the ‘leader of the pack’. All the main roles were well executed.

I was impressed by the superb, imaganative choreography of Mollie Parmenter, giving an excellent performance as the girl the leading lads were after. Three adults added a bit of weight to the production, with Emily Preece, Dave Clarke and Ian Jones all impressive – though Mr Jones is no singer!

A musical highlight was a duet of Total Eclipse of the Heart between Emily and Sam but the best item was the hilarious version of The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles, featuring Sam and Tom, which I could happily hear again.

This was a fine showing by the KODYS and I hope to see them again soon, perhaps with a better vehicle for their talents.