REVIEW: Some Enchanted Evening - the Wimborne Studio, Layard Theatre, Canford
WIMBORNE Studio pupils have talent, honed, nurtured and developed by principals Andrew and Jacqueline Foan, who are opera singers in their own right.
Since its founding ten years ago, the school has come a long way as was illustrated by this concert at the weekend.
The packed audience was treated to six different musical renditions.
The Merry Wives of Windsor tells the story of two married women who both receive love letters from the impoverished Falstaff. This gave Charlotte Deverill and Sarah Chadwick - the wives - the chance to show their impressive operatic skills.
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The chorus from Sweeney Todd allowed pupils - of all ages it has to be said - to harmonise although they are taught on a one-to-one basis.
It was in The Merry Widow where we met a singer/actor whose talents will surely lead to London theatres.
Matt Mears as Count Danilo, not only has great stage presence, he has a voice to impress.
We were to see him again as Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls which tells the story of three small time gamblers in New York.
Chicago, which has been a cinema and stage hit, gave Niamh Coombes the opportunity to shine as Roxie with good performances by supporting cast members.
South Pacific has so many memorable numbers such as the spine chillingly beautiful Bali Hai which was beautifully sung by both Dalma Sinka and Charlotte Deverill.
With so many pupils sharing the stage it is impossible to mention everyone. However, Jordan Mills has to be complimented on not just his portrayal as the Lieutenant in South Pacific, but for Billy Flynn in Chicago as well as four other smaller parts.
Chris Dowie proved why he is in such demand as an accompanist.
The show went down a storm, and full marks to Wimborne Studio. MB