Printable CopyA STARRY NIGHT
SA Light Opera Society (SALOS)
Tower Arts Theatre
Until 02 Dec 2018

Review by Janice Bailey

Community Theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, shapes and sizes and levels of ability, to come together to share their love of performance. The SA Light Opera Society (SALOS) has a strong reputation for providing these opportunities and for presenting entertaining and uplifting shows. Their current production of “A Starry Night” at the Tower Arts Centre is no exception.

Director Pam Tucker, a stalwart of SALOS for 30 years, has assembled a cast of 25 enthusiastic and dedicated performers to present this show which features well-known songs from movies and musicals. From the moment the curtains open to a sea of red, green and silver sequins the songs keep coming! An added touch is the screen at the back of the stage which features ‘stills’ from the movies the songs represent.

The second half sees a change to Country & Western and then some traditional Christmas, featuring several solos, with special mention to Dione Baker’s Waltz of my Heart. All of this of course would not be possible without the hard-working musicians – the amazing Sue Penhale on piano, Miriam ‘never missing a beat’ Wilson on percussion and the wonderful tones of flautist Robert Brown. Pam Tucker and Cyndy Trezise have sourced a range of colourful and sparkling costumes which look quite spectacular when the stage is filled.

A criticism would be the length of the show. Without a storyline or plot, the ‘song after song’ can become tedious – which is no criticism of the performers. For this type of show two forty-five minute halves would give an audience plenty to enjoy and many opportunities for the singers to shine. Highly recommended for lovers of music and those who love to be entertained by enthusiastic performers who clearly enjoy what they are presenting.