Swingin Into Christmas

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland –

Wed 10/12/14 To Fri 12/12/14

Matinee and Evening Performances

Prices £7.50 – £ 13.50

RCS, Musical Theatre, Sing'in into Christmas

The show is the first public performance from the newest MA Musical Theatre (Performance) Students, and what an entrance they made in this comfortable studio-like venue in the heart of Glasgow’s Theatre Land! The night started optimistically and appropriately enough with the Cole Porter hit from Kiss Me Kate, Another Op’nin’, Another Show. The whole cast clearly hope the choice will be prophetic, and for some of them I’m certain it will be! They followed up with Irving Berlin’s hit, There’s No Business like Show Business, and Stephen Sondheim’s Comedy Tonight from a Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. If you’re old enough to remember these songs you’ll enjoy Nat King Cole’s Straighten up and Fly Right: If you’re too young to remember them you’re fortunate to be hearing them for the first time, performed so well, as your introduction to Swing.

Whatever your age you’ll be familiar with popular music from the 60’s and the next set took us there with a very smooth change of pace and just as polished a selection. Samantha Taylor Burns gave us the Dusty Springfield hit, Son of a Preacher Man. Her voice was perfectly matched to the song and her partner and she performed with confidence that set off a chemical reaction that from that point infected the whole show. The entire ensemble filled the venue with rhythm and romance. We were taken on a delightful journey from Nat King Cole’s That’s Life, performed with fitting lust by a trio of strutting striding strumpets, to a soulful rendition of Gustav Holst’s In The Bleak Midwinter, featuring the whole stage cast with a more than competent solo sung from the end of the left balcony by George Ardvison.

Next, we went into to a delightfully performed Trolley Triptych. This was the highlight of the show for me. Ash Henning and Graham Richardson gave an outstanding performance of the Meet Me in St Louis Classic but didn’t actually steal the show as the whole corps blended throughout. The Something’s Coming Quartet had a hard act to follow but they managed to keep up the standard. Every member of the Stage Cast and The Big Band stood out in some respect and deserve to be named but that’s for the program, not the review. They’ll get their’s on their MA’s and some are sure to find a career and maybe follow in the footsteps of such Notable Graduates as Elaine C Smith, Alan Cumming, or Sheena Easton and leave their lecturers and tutors well chuffed!

Next there followed a competent and polished ABBA Medley that wasn’t quite in the Abba or even ABBA Tribute Band Class but was still executed professionally and entertainingly. Then, last, and not at all least, a medley of those Christmas Songs we’re already sick of hearing on the radio but could never tire of when experienced live. Well, it is called Swinging into Christmas and, Swing? We Did! An Excellent Evening, Great Value, Honest Performance. Well Done! An Ungrudging THREE STARS.


Reviewer : Cai Storrie

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