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MUSICAL MAYHEM (article first published : 2006-09-25)

The Westville Theatre recently used their time trusted formula to present another great musical up to their very high professional standard. The production Musical Mayhem could be described in two words - visual splendour.

The set and costume design by director Jill Sysum are a real delight, contribute to the professionalism of their shows and are a perfect backdrop to the excellent singing, accompanied by pleasant dancing, often very imaginative and amusing, for example the dancers in Jailhouse Rock, performed well by Cedric Parker. Highly amusing were the flowers in Put on a Happy Face, very much enjoyed by others in the audience as well as by me, sung by Jill Sysum who also sang Music Music Music with Barbara McMillan and an inspired set and chorus action and props. You cannot beat the old songs. This also applies to Who Wants to be a Millionaire, performed brilliantly by Jacquie Van Belkum and Simmi Areff.

Other songs I particularly enjoyed were Sylvia's Mother by Luke Holder and Nine Million Bicycles by Alex Dawson. Also most enjoyable were Man I Feel Like a Woman sung by Carole Brown and accompanied by several dancers all as Marilyn Monroe look-alikes (and such beautiful men in the act!!), I Believe I Can Fly (Devin Moller) and Caravan (Sylvia Tempest) who also sang Into the West with wonderful dance movements by Tony Fourie.

It is perhaps rather unfair to single out individual singers as all the performers are very good and contribute to a very slick and well disciplined production - with a great finale. Musical Direction is by Heather Dix and choreography by Tony Fourie, Andrea Zorab-Kaminski and Katie Wetselaar. Kudos to all of you. - Maurice J Kort




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