The Standard, Friday 29 May 2009
Show Brings Out the Best in Cast
Review - Guys and Dolls
Clacton Amateur Operatic Society
Princes Theatre, Clacton
The mega Broadway hit Guys and Dolls will go down as a memorable swansong for The Clacton Amateur Operatic Society.
The 1950s award-winning musical marked the end of an era for the society which is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.
For the singers are changing their name to Clacton Musical Theatre Society and are already planning their next production, the family pantomime Mother Goose opening on New Year's day.
Guys and Dolls with its melodious songs and toe-tapping rhythms brought out the best in a big cast.
They sang their hearts out as they played cards, marched with the mission drum and even performed a striptease.
The story evolved around the Save a Soul Mission in New York urging repentance from the gamblers in their jungle of sin.
But it's also a double love story with gambler Sky Masterson taking a bet he can take the mission leader Sarah Brown to Havana while crap game organiser Nathan Detroit tries to evade marriage to his night club showgirl, Adelaide.
Star of the show was Cathy Roberts as the songbird Adelaide who tottered and winced and produced an amazing high-pitched American drawl throughout her dialogue and songs.
Cathy and her hot box girls certainly got the audience's attention when they stripped to their basques in a seductive version of Take Back Your Mink.
She was paired up with Ben Adams as her scheming gambling fiance easily led astray by the likes of Nicely Nicely, Harry the Horse and Liver Lips Louie.
Douglas Garner was an over the top but utterly believable Big Julie, the hard man of gambling.
The mission leader Sarah Brown was played with charm by teenager Chantelle Tyler and Ben Long put in a strong performance hitting all the notes with ease.
The show was held together by new musical director Geoff Osborne and his pit with ten musicians.
If the guys and the dolls are anything to go by the show promises a healthy new era for the singers.