The Witches of Eastwick
4th – 11th October 2014
Photographs from the show by Alan Martin – see more by clicking here…
NODA – Patricia Connor, Region 6 Representative
This was a very entertaining and colourful production directed by Liz Clarke who had some very fine actors in the cast. Jonny Sheldon was superb as Darryl Van Horne with quite a lot of the demonic quality in the character and his singing voice was deep and rich which really suited the part. The three leading ladies included Karen Parkinson as artist Alexandra Spofford, Lisa Procter as musician Jane Smart, and Heather Lewis as nervous, bookish Sukie Rougemont. All three appeared to have worked hard on their characterisations, performing with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm singing well in their individual songs as well as when in a trio and Heather was spot on with her comic timing. They also worked well together as a team which is a very important requirement in this show.
Claudia Molyneux gave us an interesting portrayal of battle-axe Felicia Gabriel with good support from Steve Coghlan as her long-suffering husband Clyde. There was also a love story between Alexandra’s son Michael played well by Connor Cockbain and Felicia’s daughter Jennifer played nicely by Becca Molineux. Louise Clarke suited the part of Little Girl having an air of mystery about her character and Cameron Cockbain as Fidel gave a comedic performance without saying a word until the very end of the show. The sound balance for the principal cast generally was very good, as was the clarity of voice from most of the characters meaning that, we did hear the majority of words and could follow the action. However it was a little difficult to hear the chorus on occasions but they did give us some nice characterisations and were very enthusiastic and full of energy. Choreography by Mary Forbes was suitable for the production and was well executed by the cast, the orchestra conducted by Musical Director Charles Moss supported the company and played very well.
The set was minimalistic but well designed and effective; hairstyles and costumes were just right for the era, looked good and were very colourful. Well done to all the backstage crew including sound and lighting.
Congratulations to Director Liz Clarke for a very enjoyable entertaining show and well done all involved in this production, thank you and for inviting me, I hope to see you for your next production.
Southport Visiter – Steph Niciu
Liz Clarke’s production presented by the BOS Musical Theatre Company is cheeky, naughty and full of fun.
The musical tells the story of three friends who are bored with their lives and are searching for the perfect man. It doesn’t take long for their wish to be granted, as a charmingly handsome Darryl Van Horne, moves to the town after buying the legendary Lenox House. However, we soon discover that Van Horne isn’t exactly perfect. In fact, he’s the devil incarnate, who we follow as he seduces each of the women and corrupts them using his powers. And, it’s fair to say that all hell breaks loose (literally!).
Standout performances come from the three leading ladies: Alexandra Spofford (Karen Parkinson), Jane Smart (Lisa Procter) and Sukie Rougemont (Heather Lewis). They work brilliantly together as women who have their sisterhood challenged by the arrival of Darryl. As individuals, however, they bring the powerful, quirky and playful aspects of their characters to life. Each actress has great comic timing as they deliver jokes that don’t fail to get the audience cackling. Their vocals are fantastic too, as they belt out such songs as I Wish I May and Look At Me.
West End star Jonny Sheldon, who plays Darryl Van Horne, is deliciously delightful. And Claudia Molyneux is another highlight as the neurotic and self-obsessed Felicia Gabriel.
The production is bright, bold and colourful with songs that you can’t help but tap your toes to. At times though, the volume of the music does overwhelm the singing, so it becomes difficult to follow. Also, some of the accents are not always accurate, which causes inconsistency.
All in all, it’s a wonderfully wicked musical. A must see.