By Lesley Bates
The Good Guys
The loudest line-up of outsize gentlemen’s tailoring this side of Times Square strutted on to stage at the City Hall last week for SAOS’ staging of Damon Runyan’s musical fable of Broadway.
But colour in the costumes could not always make up for lack of pace and atmosphere in Martyn Knight’s production, although there was much to admire in the singing (John Dempster the musical director here) and individual performances shone through.
And full marks all round for mastering Runyan’s idiosyncratic dialogue. Roger Ganner was in fine form as gambling man Sky Masterson, who gets an earful of proverbial cider when Nathan Detroit (Julian Jeffrey) bets him he cannot take mission doll Sarah Brown to Cuba on a date. Nikki Angel-Jull’s sweetly sung Sister Sarah, frosty in her mission band uniform but decidedly less so when she let her hair down in Havana, contrasted well with Tina Lucy’s husky Miss Adelaide, deliciously raucous from the word go.
There was good work too from a trio of crapshooters.
Christian Jull’s Stan Laurel take on Nicely Nicely Johnson was nicely nicely partnered by Tom Darrington’s sprightly Benny Southstreet with David Coxon’s dumb ox Big Jule stealing his share of the laughs.
Guys and Dolls scoops top award
LUCK may be a lady in New York’s moving crap games, but the lady who came to see Salisbury Amateur Operatic Society’s Guy and Dolls last year put the society’s latest award down to the top quality of the production, not a roll of the dice.
She was the representative from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association who recommended SAOS for a regional NODA Accolade of Excellence after she saw the show.
Earlier this month, the society’s chairman Joyce Bowden and vice-chairman Donald Colquhoun attended the annual NODA (South) dinner and awards ceremony in Ferndown to collect the award.
A delighted Donald said: “The NODA representative said that it was the best Guys and Dolls production that she had seen in her lifetime.
She also said it was really energetic and well staged, with magnificent singing and it was a musical evening that she would always remember.”
SAOS are currently rehearsing their next show, Fiddler on the Roof, which goes on at Salisbury City Hall in December.