Review: High Society
From The Kidderminster Shuttle March 14th 2013
WHAT a fast-moving show, packed with familiar songs and the whole package performed well.
It was a delight from the acting, singing, costumes, timing, all-round production under the direction of Pat Scully, including musicians, and those oft forgotten vital elements of any show, the lighting and sound engineers. Everyone played their part.
Doug Forrester was brilliant as Dexter, his acting superb, and in her first leading role, Emma Paine, as Tracy, gave a very competent performance.
Young Zallee Parmenter is certainly one to watch for the future, as she has great talent, here playing the brattish Dinah.
There were excellent portrayals of Mike and Liz, thanks fo the stalwart David Clarke and Salli Hunt, both always reliable.
I must also mention Charles Combes as, apparently, the most fed-up butler ever!
Claire Hadland, Matthew Tweedale and Dave Short completed the leading line-up, and the chorus gave excellent support.
However, the undisputed star of the show was John Jones, stealing every scene as the inebriated and lecherous Uncle Willie, the best performance I have ever seen from John.
This stage musical is quite different from the film, but the story-line is basically the same (i.e. just as silly) and I am sure there were more songs than I remember from the film.
The musical highlights were Dinah and Tracy’s I Love Paris, the ensemble number Let’s Misbehave and the wonderful True Love duet, during which we were treated to a film of the happy couple on board the boat – this was most impressive.
A great night out at the theatre, thanks everyone involved.