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Review: Jubilation- 60 years of British Musicals
AFTER a week of torrential showers, The Panda Players must have breathed a sigh of relief as their performance as part of the Chesham Open Air Theatre Festival was due to take place.
The sun shone and with just a breeze we were able to take our seats in the beautiful ground of The Bury courtesy of the IBB Solicitors who so kindly opened their grounds for the Festival. What a celebration this was, all the cast were attired in red white and blue with the front of the stage draped with union flags.
A large cast of singers offered a trip down memory lane and beautifully sang songs from the shows starting with the 1960’s up to the present. Superbly directed by Andrew Cowburn who accompanied on keyboards together with James Burton a talented young man on drums and percussion the show kept a lively pace throughout with no gaps or pauses in the entertainment.
Several of the cast gave interesting commentaries throughout and the singing was exceptionally good. The selection of songs was cleverly chosen and there was something to suit all tastes.
As well as the chorus the very strong soloists offered superb renditions It was a pity that the audience was not as large as the group deserved but they were very vocal, shouting and applauding throughout which must have lifted the spirits of the performers it certainly lifted mine.
This was a great evening’s entertainment. Look out for this group they are well worth supporting.
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