To cure my curiosity, following my Facebook feed being inundated with updates every Monday and Thursday evening - “Great rehearsal tonight, guys!’’, “Wow, what a rehearsal, the show is going to be amazing’’, “So much fun at rehearsals tonight – keep up the hard work’’, I was lucky enough, last Thursday, to be able to watch a rehearsal for Exmouth Musical Theatre Company’s next show Guys and Dolls.

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I was so impressed and buzzing after what I saw that I got on the blower the next day and asked chairman, Debbie Butler, if I could write an article for the paper.

The casting is just superb. From the gorgeous ‘Hot box Girls’ to the downtrodden but determined Salvation Army. Adelaide, (Debbie Butler) a dancer at the Hot Box club, who suffers from a persistent cold, desperately wants to marry her man, (oh, sigh I feel her pain, don’t you girls?). Nathan Detroit (Hugh Chudley) has his girl constantly nagging him to get married. All he wants to do is go gambling with his friends (I’m guessing you men can relate to that bit too huh?).

Sky Masterson (Lance Vernon) a handsome, wealthy gambler with his suave, maybe slightly arrogant, manner (met a few of them haven’t we) tries to woo poor Sarah Brown, (Natasha Fardell) a beautiful but innocent missionary. Top that off with the comedic timing of ‘Nicely Nicely Johnson’ (Craig Butler) and Benny Southstreet (Chris Bateman) and I was in fits of laughter.

The solos, duets and the beautiful harmonies I heard were outstanding. The dance numbers are shaping up fantastically well and are already pretty slick. I was so impressed and have to admit I was kicking myself a little that, as a member of the company, due to work commitments, I was unable to be part of this show.

The musical numbers I heard such as Bushell and a Peck, Luck be a Lady and the amazing Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat had me tapping my toes and grinning from ear to ear.

Now add to all this, the fact that the show will be performed at the Exmouth Pavilion. There will be stunning costumes and vibrant sets, professional lighting and a live orchestra. I can confidently say that Guys and Dolls is going to be one hell of a show!

You may be thinking, ‘It’s an older show - I’m not sure if it’s for me’. I was guilty of this too but believe me, I was wrong. It isn’t old, it’s a classic and I can see that the story is one to which we can all relate. Male or female I’m sure you will identify with all of the characters in Guys and Dolls.

Exmouth Musical Theatre Company enjoy every minute of what they do and I could really see this throughout the rehearsal. However, they work incredibly hard too. The company has been nominated by The Rosebowl Awards and NODA, (National Operatic and Dramatic Association), for ‘Best technical achievement’ and ‘Best Musical Production’ for its last three, consecutive productions. Exmouth is so lucky to have such a wealth of talent in the town and it’s right on your doorstep. I urge you to please, take advantage of this and don’t miss out on what is going to be a great night’s entertainment for the whole family.

I truly believe that there is nothing better than seeing people performing live. Who needs Britain’s Got Talent?

Tickets are on sale now at Exmouth Pavilion by calling 01395 222477 or online www.ledtickets.co.uk and if you want to catch a sneaky peek, Exmouth Musical Theatre Company are performing a medley of numbers from Guys and Dolls at the Exmouth Festival on Friday, May 23, at 7pm in the Manor Gardens.

Kym Newton


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