Music Students triumph in Highland Fling

Posted on Friday 6 July 2012

Brigadoon is a great success

For two nights last week the Prospect Theatre was transformed into a mystical, foggy Scottish town for the Music Department’s fully staged production of the Lerner and Lowe hit musical Brigadoon. Two ceiling height gothic arches, rolling hills and a full sized cottage formed the backdrop for this luscious production which combined with the vibrant colours of the traditional Scottish dress of the 20 strong cast formed a feast for the eyes.

The story centred around two Americans, the suave and romantic Tommy and his cycnical chum Jeff who stumble across Brigadoon on the one day of any century it exits. The on-stage chemistry between James Rowland (Tommy) and Danny Gortler (Jeff) was exemplary as we followed them on this journey of love and self-discovery.

Amy Blumson portrayed Brigadoon’s leading lady with the perfect combination of innocence and romance and looked particularly stunning when surrounded by the whole of the girls chorus as she sang her opening number “Waitin’ for my Dearie”; it was little wonder that she and Tommy were soon to fall for each other! Jeff, on the other hand, was soon in the sights of resident “man-eater” Meg, a role fully inhabited by Sophie Springer, who clearly enjoyed playing this colourful character to the full. Jeff simply didn’t stand a chance! The role the village heart-throb, Charlie, who marries Jean at the half way point, was played by Mike Woods whose heartfelt singing of “Come to me, bend to me” held the audience spell bound.

The supporting roles of Murdoch (Leo Doulton), Harry (Matthew Castle), Donald (Bennett Soundy) and MacKeith (David Pitts) were all carried off to perfection. Combined with numerous small parts (too many to mention), a near professional chorus, wonderful hit tunes and a fabulous 22 strong band, this energetic and charismatic production whisked the audience well away from Farnborough and reminded them that even against all the odds, love can conquer all.

Following the performance, College Principal, Simon Jarvis, said “I am thrilled and delighted by what this remarkable ensemble has produced just a couple of weeks after taking the most important exams of their young lives. The energy, talent and vitality on display this evening has been breathtaking. Congratulations to you all”.
 

James Rowland & Danny Gortler

James Rowland & Danny Gortler

Amy Blumson (Fiona) and James Rowland (Jeff)

Amy Blumson (Fiona) and James Rowland (Jeff)

Mike Woods as Charlie

Mike Woods as Charlie