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Musical a super success

Thursday, 23rd May 2002.

Review by Simon Bolton
Calamity Jane has always been one of my favourite musicals and this show surpassed my expectations. Under the direction of David Hart, the cast pulled together to create this masterpiece.

The star of the show was Laura Bacon who played Calamity Jane. She was a highly comical character maintaining her accent throughout and has a wonderful singing voice.

Her secret love Wild Bill Hickock, played by Jim Morgan, was also a very strong character along with other co-stars John Parr, as Danny, and Sarah Bartholomew, as the stunning Kate Brown, who captured the audience with her opening number of The Deadwood Stage.

Calamity and Kate worked extremely well together, especially in A Woman’s Touch.

Other outstanding performances came from Josh Philips who played Francis Fryer.

The chorus was especially strong, using can-can girls and rowdy chorus, clearly showing the western way of life.

I was especially impressed with the use of entrances for The Black Hills of Dakota.

The shocked face of Henry Miller, played by Andy Latcher, was a funny sight when Mr Fryer asked to marry the lovely Susan (Amy Latcher).

I particularly enjoyed the Adelaide Adams number, played by Rachael Gilbert. The enthusiastic orchestra conducted by Leslie Ager played a grand yet not overpowering part.

The set was simple yet effective and appropriate. Overall the production was a superb success and it was an evening well spent.

Haverhill Weekly News

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