Review By Steve Heath.
The curtain has gone up on the 2013 Acton Amateur Operatics Society production of Me and My Girl, at Crewe’s wonderful Lyceum Theatre.
The show tells the story of Bill Snibson, and his Lambeth girl Sally Smith. It features some very well known songs such as ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’, ‘Leaning on a Lamppost’, ‘Me and My Girl’ and the infectious ‘Lambeth Walk’ to name but a few.
It is the late 1930s. At a get together of the Hareford clan, family solicitor Herbert Parchester relates the unfortunate tale of the 13th Earl who was secretly, and briefly, married to a woman deemed to be ‘beneath his station’.
With both of them now deceased, the title and the estate pass on to the Earl’s son, who turns out to be wide-boy Cockney Bill Snibson, complete with his black bowler hat, and loud chequered suit.
The only problem – the heir must be deemed a fit and proper person by two executors of the will……..
There are some great character portrayals in this show, Steve Turnbull is every inch the cockney-wide-boy, Bill Snibson, Charlotte Platt gives an incredible performance as Sally Smith and Bethany Froud is magnificent as Lady Jacqueline.
The Duchess is brought to life by Jennifer Hall, while Pete Johnson is brilliantly cast as the wonderful family solicitor, Parchester.
They are supported by a very talented cast throughout this production, with some powerful vocal performances, especially from Darren Thornhill as Gerald Bolingbroke and Graham Wilks as Sir John Tremayne.
Me and My Girl is directed by Sheryl Haydock-Howarth, who has been at the helm for many successful recent shows produced by Acton AOS, including the Slipper and the Rose, Scrooge, Le Cage Aux Folles and the King and I.
The show has been choreographed by Stacey Louise Haughey who has obviously put the dancers through their paces this year judging by the lively, tight routines performed throughout.
Matt Davis has taken on the role of Musical Director for this years production and must be credited for the depth of the casts’ vocal performances.
With some well-timed comedy and visually stunning costumes and sets, Me and My Girl is a must see show for all the family.
The production runs nightly from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th October at 7.15, with a matinee performance on Saturday afternoon at 2.15.
Tickets are priced at £15.00 for Adults and under 16’s half price.
Visit crewelyceum.co.uk for further ticket information and availability.
For more information on Acton AOS, such as upcoming shows and events, or to get involved either on stage or behind the scenes, please visit their website at www.acton-aos.co.uk
Pictures courtesy of Acton Amateur Operatic Society