Review from the Edinburgh Evening News
Wednesday 27th September 2000
Showcase spice up song night with Pepper tribute
100 Years of Song
Church Hill Theatre ¶ ¶ ¶
Having already raised over £70,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief in the
last decade, Showcase celebrate their tenth anniversary this week with five nights of
classic song and dance from the last century.
Opening with a lively section in homage to Rodgers and Hammerstein, the
indubitable talents of the cast were immediately unveiled the children oozing
talent and sugary sweetness for Do-Re-Mi, and the men delivering the South Pacific classic
Nothing Like a Dame with all the required gusto.
Having moved on to the Beatles via Cole Porter, the superb costumes,
set design, choreography and raw performing talent converged when the Sergeant Pepper
album cover was reproduced with the same degree of excellence and imagination as the
rousing Hey Jude.
The final section of the show featured a song from each decade of the 20th
century, and as the satisfied audience left with Theres No Business Like Show
Business ringing in their ears, Showcase could celebrate another successful night.
NODA News - Eddie Cran Reports
SHOWCASE "100 Years of Song" 26-30 September 2000
Director: Andy Johnston - Musical Director: David McFarlane
-Choreographer: Louise Williamson
One can always depend on a really first class entertaining evening from
this well established talented Company. This year was no exception with a super selection
of songs from Rogers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Lennon & McCartney, Lloyd Webber,
George Coghen (sic), and ending with "Headliners" highlights. The strength and
depth of talent in this company is quite apparent, and this fact leaves no room in this
report to mention all of the many soloists/duettists. However, I hope I might be allowed
to mention the super presentation of "Yesterday", excellently sung with feeling
by Fiona MacFarlane; also the distinctive tonal quality of the voice of Susan Galloway in
"True Love" with Robert Walker, and in "Pie Jesu" with Claire
Hamilton. I do wish I could mention more of the cast individually, but its difficult
to do so in about 150 words (Regional Reps. Quota). Direction, choreography, costumes,
lighting and staging all combined well to produce a show of real, sustained quality.
Showcase can be proud of their efforts.