Review: Ely Rotary’s Songs from the Shows by Campaign Amateur Theatre in Witchford’s Village Hall

Ely Rotary’s Songs from the Shows by Campaign Amateur Theatre in Witchford’s Village Hall on Friday 12th March 2010 was fully booked which is a sign that it was indeed, a very popular evening.

Campaign Amateur Theatre, recovering from recent acclaim from their production of Robin Hood, sang a host of popular songs including There’s no Business like Show business (fromAnnie get your Gun), O What a beautiful morning and Oklahoma (Oklahoma), Somewhere over the rainbow (‘The Wizard of Oz), Climb every mountain (‘The Sound of Music), I wanna be loved by you (‘Good Boy’), This is the moment (‘Jekyll and Hyde’), Tonight (‘West Side Story’), Bring him home (‘Les Miserables’), Cabaret, Tell me on a Sunday, Some Enchanted Evening (‘South Pacific’), Getting to know you (‘The King and I’), You’ll never walk alone (Carousel’), Mack the knife (‘The Threepenny Opera’), The Lady is a Tramp (‘Babes in Arms’), Baby it’s cold outside, Son of a Preacher Man, The Music of the Night (‘The Phantom of the Opera’), I’ve had the Time of my Life, New York New York and I did it my Way.

Among the members of the company were two talented performers from the Cambridge-renowned group ‘Get Back’ and their songs from the 50’s and 60’s were real hits. Accompanied by guitar, Richard and Geoff delighted the audience with their songs. It was almost as if Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers had returned. The songs they performed included It’s so easy to fall in love’, When will I be Loved?, Love Potion Number 9, Let it be me, and Return to Sender.  

There were indeed a highlight of the evening as were the Company’s performances of O What a beautiful morning, Oklahoma and Getting to know you. Lisa Bushell gave wonderful performances of I want to be loved by you, and Tell me on a Sunday and Gaz’s (Graham Brown’s) easy style was so reminiscent of the ‘Rat Pack’ in Sinatra’s time, especially in The Lady is a Tramp and his duet with Lisa: Baby it’s cold outside. Lisa’s I wanna be loved by you was almost better than Marilyn Monroe’s version!       .

A splendid meal rounded the evening off perfectly.

Proceeds from this event go mainly towards one of Rotary’s charities: WaterAid. The company Belu Water Ltd. donated water for the evening.

Forthcoming events include the concert presented by The Inner Wheel Club of Ely..  This event will be held on Saturday 20th March 2010 at the Witchford Playing Field Association Hall, Bedwell Hey Lane, Witchford, Ely CB6 2JN and will feature international star of the concert keyboard Jean Martyn. (Tickets £8 available from Betty Flack (01353) 664533). Proceeds for this concert will go towards providing an area of peace for the Princess of Wales Hospital now that the chapel is out of use.



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