Trial and Tributes was staged at The Windmill in October 2011. This show combined "Trial by Jury", by Gilbert and Sullivan, with highlights of musical theatre from the UK, Europe and the USA.
All photographs taken by Mike Shanks
Trial and Tributes
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Friday 14th October, 2011.
Venue: The Windmill Entertainment Centre.
Type of Production: Musical and Concert
Producer/Director: Jill Waller & Sarah Smith
Musical Director: Clare Wolfe & Daniel Paine
This was an unusual and delightful combination. Trial by Jury was amusingly performed and sung by the cast, especially Stuart Box as The Learned Judge. The costumes were simple and the set gave a realistic feel to the court room.
After the interval this company proved that they are really delightful singers under the baton of Daniel Paine whose orchestrations provided excellent support to the various singers. The content of Tributes was very well chosen and arranged by Sarah Smith, giving a number of chorus members a chance to sing on their own as well as in groups. There was some outstanding singing from Sarah herself, also from Chris Shanks, Peter Barnes, Jimmy Lynch, Caroline Baylis and Simon Smith. The costumes again were simple with all the ladies looking attractive in long evening dresses with clever touches to depict the various songs. The programme included a moving rendition of ‘I remember it well’ from Gigi, an outstanding performance of ‘There is nothing like a dame’ from South Pacific and finishing with a medley from Les Miserables which was superbly sung and choreographed by this very talented society.