Review: Summer Holiday,Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Fareham Musical Society is performing Summer Holiday at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.
Fareham Musical Society is performing Summer Holiday at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.
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THEY were the young ones. At least, the young ones of Fareham Musical Society. And it was nice to see so many younger actors on the stage for the town’s musical production of the 1963 film.

They had all the necessary ingredients – bright costumes, plenty of scenery and bundles of charisma and some hard-working stagehands. Except they were missing one vital part – harmony.

The boys could hold a tune but the girls, when singing together and along with the boys, were a mismatch of voices. Despite that, the cast’s dancing was good. If it was a battle of boys versus girls, the boys won hands down.

A good solid performance came from Gareth Daniel, who played Don, the part originally played by Sir Cliff Richard. Certainly big shoes to fill, especially with a letter from the legend himself proudly displayed in reception.

Cyril (Robbie McNab), Edwin (Matthew Swann) and Steve (Stuart Frank) were all lovable lads. Entertaining performances from Stella and Jerry too.

Until Saturday.