Some may criticise my overly positive tone when talking about South Downe Musical Society's latest production, but this really was a remarkable performance from Portsmouth's leading amateur group.
The first night of their six show stint at the Kings had everything a good musical should do, strong vocals, believable acting, powerful music and a hint of humour. The ambience was set from the start with a live orchestra bringing to life Sammy Fain's music, complemented by the Kings Theatre's excellent acoustics.
Calamity Jane had pace and energy, although some moments before the interval were somewhat static, movements not matching up to the enthusiastic voices of the characters portrayed by leading lady Sally Goddard and her counterpart Matt Sackman.
The most memorable performance for me came from the likes of experienced thespian Alan Jenkins. His accent and dialect were good and he provided the much needed comedy element in a realistic manner... click here to read more