Directed by Chrissie Lester and Diane Hiblen
25-27th July, 2014, Felpham Village Hall
‘Music Hall’ was the 30th production of The Regis Players following less than two weeks after their last production of ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett on the two closing days of the Chichester Festival in the Jubilee Hall and in April ‘The Entertainer’ by John Osborne.
The fact that the Society are prepared to tackle everything from Becket’s most challenging masterpiece of Theatre of the Absurd to melodrama and Music Hall sing-along tends to illustrate the diversity of their productions and the aim to satisfy all theatrical tastes.
In the year 2014, 100 years since the start of WW1, it seemed particularly important to recognise and pay tribute to those who gave in the Great War and Music Hall seemed an ideal vehicle. Encapsulating the great war songs that those who lived through these devastating times could gain strength from and include some poignant war poetry to relive the feelings of the time. It is also an opportunity to raise funds for a very worthwhile charity – Help the Heroes.
Chrissie Lester and Di Hiblen produced the show. They will be remembered for their very successful Diamond Jubilee Variety Show ‘Rule Britannia’ in June 2012 that was hugely popular. So much so that the District 9 NODA Representative Jose Harrison invited the Society to repeat elements of the show to entertain all her Societies at her home in July 2012.
Chrissie said ‘In this centenary year of the outbreak of WW1 it seemed only fitting to create and dedicate a show to such a worthy cause as Help for Heroes. Apart from the show being huge fun it is gratifying to know the effort from all involved will help a worthwhile cause.’
As was the case with the Jubilee show, the seating was street party style (but inside!) with food provided (Ploughman’s Supper BYO drinks Friday and Saturday and Cream Tea and hot beverages provided for the Sunday matinee).
|John Covey (MD)||Chris Armstead|
|Carole Rogers (Piano)||Peter Green|
|Deborah Addicott||Keith Hellyer|
|Sue Bartlett||Trevor Roman|
|Erin Green||Bernard Taylor|
|Production Manager||Elaine Green|
|Technical Manager||Alex Marner|
The Regis Players
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on 27th July, 2014
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Music Hall
Director: Chrissie Lester and Diane Hiblen
A Sunday afternoon in July was an excellent time to ignore the gardening and sit back, relax and enjoy an excellent tea and some first rate entertainment. Audiences don’t often get the chance to sit and listen to a wide selection of musical numbers and such an amusing programme of monologues, poems and a great thirty minute melodrama. This show was to celebrate the centenary of the Great War. Celebration doesn’t seem the right word to use when we remember how many didn’t come back but the songs from that time always bring a tear to the eye either in sadness or amusement. The whole programme was beautifully put together, most of the poems and prose being well known to everyone and the final sing-along of songs from the era completed a really great afternoon. It is quite impossible to mention all the performers by name as everyone of them was good in their different ways, however my congratulations to Chrissie Lester and DI Hiblen for a great production and Carole Rogers for her prowess as the pianist who managed to cope with a fairly unruly cast who obviously enjoyed their afternoon as much as the audience. For those of you who didn’t see this Music Hall, you can take my word for it, you missed a really great event. Luckily for me those who plan to come to my NODA Garden Party on 7th September will be entertained with some of the extracts. As always with this society the tea was lovely. Thank you all so much.
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