Musical theatre group Good Companions are sure Derby Guildhall show will be A Great Night Out
Sarah Colston finds out why members of Derby-based musical theatre company Good Companions are sure their latest show will be a great night out.
COMBINING singing, dancing and comedy, the Good Companions' annual musical revue showcases at Derby's Guildhall Theatre later this month.
Musical revues traditionally offer multi-act theatrical entertainment, based on a specific theme which ties all the elements together.
And Good Companions choreographer Pauline Reader says: "This year, the theme will be a great night out.
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"We looked at what people do and the different concepts of a great night out.
"It shows everyone getting ready to go out, happy-hour drinks at a bar and the disco itself.
"It reveals what other people may do for a night out, such as Saturday night at the movies, a more romantic night out or an evening at the casino."
A Great Night Out includes some fun and flirty going-out tunes, such as I Feel Pretty, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? and Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
"It's all-singing, all-dancing," says Pauline, who detailed her favourite section of the show.
"The choreography I'm most pleased with is the disco selection. In our finale we go back in time to the 70s, with all the fashions of that time, and afro wigs. It has a very nice and psychedelic feel."
Good Companions create a stage show every autumn, and opt for some light-hearted entertainment come spring in their musical revue.
Twenty-four members will take part; all working together as a group but each one will be given an opportunity to showcase their individual talents too.
"It's a much smaller-scale show and so everyone has a chance to perform," adds Pauline.
"During our bigger stage show, for example, it is mainly our more experienced members who are cast."
Barbara Ashmore helped to come up with the concept and directed the show, alongside musical director Zoe Varney.
The group feel it is important that they produce original material and so, with some suggestions from the others, Barbara generates and writes her own script for the comedy sketches which are incorporated into the performance.
For Pauline, once all the choreography is complete and the curtains go up, there is little left for her to do.
"I tend to watch from the front of the audience and then note if anything needs tightening up, or if anything goes wrong which can be fixed for next time."
She casts her mind to their next stage performance, Witches of Eastwick and the company's last show, Oliver!, which was very successful, selling out a full ten days in advance of the show.
She says: "The show is not strictly an old-fashioned musical revue. A Great Night Out is more of a musical, lots of singing and lots of dancing."
WHAT: A Great Night Out
WHERE: Derby Guildhall Theatre
WHEN: February 26-March 2, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee, 2.30pm
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