THE SHOW GOES ON DESPITE BIN MISHAP
Sheer determination ensured members of the Harpenden Light Operatic Society reached the end of their performance on their opening night of The Wedding Singer on Monday.
Part way through the first half a giant industrial wheelie bin in which the leading man, Adam Thompson, was hiding to escape from angry wedding guests crashed off the stage at the Harpenden Public Hall and into the orchestra pit.
Although badly shaken he and members of the orchestra were able to carry on after a few minutes.
The show, which dates from 2006, and was based on a film of the same name, typifies the musical and fashion genre of the 1980s. It is brash, racy and loud and that led to the second problem faced by the cast.
Unfortunately, the sound system at Harpenden Public Hall is simply not good enough for this type of show and members of the audience had great problems in hearing words and so could not follow the convoluted plot.
The story of The Wedding Singer is a twist on boy meets girls and falls in love. In this case boy is jilted by girl number one and falls for another, but she is just about to marry a rich Wall Street finance shark.
Needless to say all’s well that ends well.
The boy is Robbie Hart, lead singer of a band that sings at weddings and played by Adam Thompson who was making his debut with the society. His performance overall was sound with good acting ability.
Anna Macdonald as Julia Sullivan, the girl he fell in love with, had one of the best voices in the show and in spite of being the only other person on stage during the earlier incident, she gave a thoroughly good performance.
Others in the large cast of principals who stood out were Georgina Dalton, David Barton, Damien Winchester, Carl Robinson, Roxy Parkins and Sarah Priddy who created a wonderful Rose, the grandmother of Robbie.
Overall this was not a show for me, but it must be said that the band in the orchestra pit had some good tunes and handled them very well.
The show was directed by Sam Gaines, with musical director Beth Thomas and choreography by Fleur Baikie.