A Nice Dilemma Hounslow Light Opera Company
Hounslow Light Opera Company
St Stephens Church - 23 March 2019
Review by Eleanor Lewis
Hounslow Light Opera’s spring musical revue, A Nice Dilemma, took the form of a selection of show songs and medleys loosely brought together by a script in which an amateur operatic society tries to decide on which show to do next. A small group of actors played the part of the society’s committee members discussing past shows, possible shows and favourite shows. The rest of the company, on cue from these sections of conversation, performed a selection of songs from each show.
Dressed in black, the company and performed a range of show favourites including work by Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan and others. HLOC is at its strongest in choral work and this was clear from their rendition of both Marc Shalman and Scott Wittman’s You Can’t Stop the Beat and a Rodgers and Hammerstein medley in the second act – they were evidently both comfortable and confident with the music and it made a significant difference to the level of performance.
The musical accompaniment of Lee Dewsnap, HLOC’s Musical Director, who played keyboard with a genuine passion, also raised the level and buoyed the company along. When amateur singers are comfortable the possibilities are probably not endless, but definitely greater than when they’re nervous. Credit must therefore be given to Chris Blackmore who maybe does not always perform solo but gave a very decent rendition of West Side Story’s Somewhere, again, despite nerves. There were other brave soloists not specifically named in the programme, a sweet (uncredited) voice sang the opening of The Sound of Music … …
Read Eleanor Lewis’ review at www.markaspen.com/2019/03/24/dilemma
Photography by St Erudite
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