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Edinburgh Evening News, Wed 22 Sep 2004
 

City singers raise roof for charity

GARY FLOCKHART

For a Reason, Church Hill Theatre * * *

AMATEUR it may be, but the 14th annual charity fundraiser from Showcase - in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research - has all the ingredients for a pleasant evening’s entertainment.

With variety aplenty, this year’s show includes numbers from the worlds of film, stage and pop.

The first section, a tribute to Sir Tim Rice, set the bar high last night and Edinburgh’s amateur singers maintained this standard throughout.

The show continued with a selection of Scottish music, starting with a medley of songs based on the poems of Rabbie Burns, followed by a half-dozen David Bowie numbers.

After the interval, the pace picked up where it left off with a lively rendition of Wham’s 1984 classic hit Freedom.

More 80s favourites followed, before the night moved into more traditional territory with a selection of numbers from some of the biggest musicals of all time.

The final section featured a series of sing-a-longs, including a male chorus of the Osmonds’ Love me for a Reason, and a hilarious tribute to the epitome of high camp, the Village People. The medley of Go West and YMCA, alone, was worth the price of admission.
 
 
NODA Scotland News No.80 February 2005
 
For a Reason
 
This year saw Showcase go in a different direction with their choice of material, giving the production a more modern up beat slant. The young company performed the difficult material with ease. We were presented with an amalgam  of both modern pop songs and a few show standards. The choral singing, for which Showcase are noted, was of its usual high standard, with backing given by a large concert style orchestra which at times required a little taming. The comic section of "Go West", mimicking the Village People, was one of the funniest sections in the show. The simplified staging and use of moving lights gave a very professional look to the whole proceedings. For the past fourteen years all profits from this company have gone to Macmillan Cancer Relief and a total of over 110,000 has been donated over this period. An excellent evening's entertainment from a very talented cast.

 

 
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