PLEASE, sir, I want more. More! Yes, more performances, please. The City Hall was packed on Tuesday night – its going to be a great week for Salisbury Amateur Operatic Society. Those on and behind the City Hall stage merit every clap and cheer for their total commitment.
Young Tommy Andrews played Oliver on the first night and proved himself a real find for a society that like only the best. Tom Woolford as the Artful Dodger and a swarm of little thieves, all well drilled and completely charming. Geoff Heard, always reliable in any role, excels as Fagin, hinting at kindness within the old miser. Tina Lucy plays Nancy. giving a fiery quality. Chemistry between this Nancy and Roger Ganner’s big and nasty Bill Sykes doesn’t crackle but both have huge stage presence and sung well. Sue Crouch is great fun as Widow Corney and Kevin Murdoch is pure Dickens as creepy Sowerberry.
Chorus song give colour and movement to big well-loved numbers like Oom-Pah-Pah and Consider Yourself, and the orchestra is another strength – powerful yet sympathetic accompanist. Director Barry McIlroy believes in keeping everyone busy.
Flash the dog didn’t hang around to play Bullseye. stagefright struck and Bobby stepped in at short notice – another trouper in the SAOS ranks.