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REVIEW:  Showstoppers – Curtain Call

Maitland Musical Society.Maitland shows ended Sunday. East Cessnock Bowling Club, Saturday, at 8pm, and Sunday, at 2pm; 老站出售trybooking老域名出售/KCBL. Hawks Nest Community Centre, Saturday, February 27 at 7.30pm, Sunday, February 28, at 1.30pm; 4997 1361.IT is always interesting to see what people do with songs when they take them out of the context of the musicals for which they were written.

This show engagingly brings the curtain-call theme to life at significant points.

Towards the end of the first half, for example, signs suddenly appear at both sides of the stage stating “Theatre closes tomorrow”. The anxious performers proclaim Tell Me It’s Not True (a song from Blood Brothers), following with One Day More (Les Miserables) as they get ready for the closure. The removal of the closing signs at that number’s end has smiles on their faces, with them buoyantly declaring in the opening of the second half (and wearing a wide range of theatrical costumes) that There’s No Business Like Show Business (Annie Get Your Gun).

Many of the songs are tied in with the activities of everyday life. In Hello (The Book of Mormon), a woman (Angie Hutchison-Ussher) trying to prepare a meal tries to get eight black-suited door salesmen out of her house. And in Step in Time (Mary Poppins), a trio of singer-dancers (Stuart Ussher, Teagen Hind, Emily Gabities) and a chorus do amazing things with brooms and brushes while house-cleaning.

The show has a cast of 38 (among them parents and children) and includes 42 songs from 30 musicals. While it would benefit from being shorter, most audience members will be enjoying themselves too much to think about that.

The mix of skills is amazing. Kane Sanders, with a 1960s rocker black hairstyle, delivers an engaging Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Jersey Boys); two women (Kimberly Hollingsworth, Teagen Hind) show the different styles of dancing they prefer in All That Jazz (Chicago); and there’s a breathtaking tap duet by Freya Meredith and Brent Hanson in You’re the Top (Anything Goes).

Welcome to “Your” 60s (Hairspray) has people in wheelchairs, on walkers and walking sticks, and accompanied by carers, showing the range of skills they are capable of, while at the other end of the age spectrum children in a classroom give an encouraging welcome to a new pupil in a lively Consider Yourself (Oliver). And people sitting in three cars at a drive-in theatre find themselves surrounded by colourful monsters in Science Fiction (The Rocky Horror Show).

The large production team, led by director-musical director Angie Hutchison-Ussher and choreographers Stuart Ussher and Teagen Hind, have ensured that the loud applause at the curtain call is indeed showstopping.

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