Woodlanders annual music hall – review
It is quite an experience being a member of the audience at The Woodlanders annual music hall.
Taking place at the Woodlands Hippodrome in East Woodlands, an excited audience gathered in front of the red velvet curtained stage eagerly waiting in anticipation for Master of Ceremonies David Millard to thump his gavel and begin the proceedings.
And although the cast is not a huge one, which is just as well because the stage is a small one, each one has their own particular talent.
This week, Somerset's longest running music hall is celebrating 36 years of performance raising thousands of pounds along the way for local charities.
Over the years the audiences have been encouraged to clap, cheer, cat call, stamp the ground and generally misbehave to add to the ambience of the event and now it is almost part of the performance.
Even the programme is an entertainment in itself.
This year's show uses original material with many local references. To be honest several of the male performers could be reading off the back of a cornflake packet and still be funny, Graham Harding and Glyn Carpenter for instance.
One of the cleverer tongue twisting sketches is performed brilliantly by Dave Covill, Mike Cole and Crissy Carpenter, Trevor Hoddinnot gives his funny monologue on the subject of muck and Alan Overton and Janet Monk are unhappy guests at Shepton Mallet Prison with Ray Wilkins doing a good impression of Fulton Mackay.
The beautiful voices of Sandra Gaisford, Ann Hart and Joy Chant and the comic talents of Debs Dowling and Helena Irvine Gizzie add enormously to the enjoyment of the show under the directorship of Janie Barfield, choreography by Trudi Whittock and costumes by Yvonne Covill, all three of them are also members of the cast.
And without Peter Barnes and his mysteriously invisible orchestra the show could not go on.
The Woodlanders music hall continues throughout the week.
To book tickets and further information call 01373 463643.