Review: Stage and Screen Showstoppers at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Richard Digance

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As a bit of a musical theatre junkie I couldn’t have been happier to be in the audience for the award-winning South Downe Musical Society’s Stage and Screen Showstoppers summer show extravaganza.

Impressively compered by Alan Jenkins, he kept the evening of song and dance flowing impeccably from the first number to the energetic finale, bringing a toe-tapping showcase of musical numbers.

Many of the performers were above average, as you would expect from this talented company. Of particular note were Kimberley Harvey, who gave a stellar version of Legally Blonde and Caroline Westmorland, who delivered outstanding vocals on Mein Herr from Cabaret. Newcomer Chloe Gennings’ I’m a Believer was simply delightful and upbeat.

The ensemble numbers produced some nice harmonies too, especially the Rodgers and Hammerstein compilation. But the icing on the cake for me was Starmaker from the ’80s TV series Fame which was sung with so much feeling from the entire cast.

Sound levels throughout were fairly good, and the audience who were lapping it up. One niggle – the costumes could have been more colourful, there was just too much black in nearly every number.

It was a fun feelgood night for all ages and tastes – a thoroughly enjoyable musical feast.

On until Saturday.