Director: Chris Prosser and Audrey Johns
Musical Director: Marian Harries
This award winning Broadway musical is a joyous, breathtaking and heartbreaking show that captures the humanity of what went on during the ship’s historic voyage. The musical play Titanic examines the causes, conditions and characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. We meet her officers, crew and passengers - some high born and others fleeing poverty, hoping to fulfil their life’s dreams.
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TITANIC the musical went down extremely well during its maiden voyage at the Torch Theatre last week.
The Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society performed this Broadway version of the fascinating story with their unrivalled talent and passion. Although admittedly, when I was told I would be reviewing the production last weekend, at first I had a sudden sinking feeling and prayed I would not be spending the whole of my Friday night waiting to be thrown a lifeline and rescued.
Fortunately, this was far from the case, as the second the orchestra piped up and Charles Owen's spectacular voice filled the auditorium I was mesmerised. My concerns that the production would go completely overboard and start throwing buckets of water over the cast on stage to create a more realistic, authentic, and atmospheric evening were completely unjustified.
The timing of the orchestra with the change of scenes and songs was faultless, and at points over 60 people were on stage singing in perfect harmony, creating a dramatic tension the film could never quite capture. Terri Harrison, Tanya Potter, and Sharalyn Jenkins played third class passengers hoping for a better life in America and were brilliant in their rendition of Lady's Maid. Terri Harrison in particular was very likeable and impressed alongside Nathan Davies. Jeff McCarthy broke the ice by providing the comical relief as a pompous and self-righteous major. Karen Barker was amusing in her part as a second class passenger and power hungry Alice Beane showed off her stunning voice, highlighted when she sang I Have Danced.
One of the most spectacular parts of the evening saw Matthew Jones, playing Fleet the lookout, begin to sing No Moon, which the full company joined in on as the Titanic hit the iceberg. As the production progressed, and the characters stuck on the sinking ship prepared themselves for death, tears started to flood the theatre. Pam Williams and John Owen's captivating duet of Still was breath taking and I would be shocked if neither have had professional training.
Charles Owen, who played the ship designer Thomas Andrews, delivered yet another brilliant solo with Mr Andrews' Vision as his character desperately tries to correct the flaws that wrecked the `ship of dreams'. This challenging musical piece certainly gave the whole production a chance to test the water and their talent.
Director Chris Prosser, assistant director Audrey Johns, and musical director Marian Harris deserve full credit for the sucess of Titanic and for roping together this fantastic ensemble.
This was one of the best productions I have seen at the Torch and I look forward to June when the Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society will perform their annual summer concert.