Angus Minstrels spectacle 2012

THE ANGUS Minstrel Show 2012 was yet another spectacle showcasing the homegrown talents of Arbroath.

And a spectacle it was indeed, right from the opening number of ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ performed by a horde of pink bathing suit clad ladies.

A particular favourite was the song selection in the Motown set, during which the audience enjoyed some wonderfully soulful renditions of ‘My guy’, ‘Stand by me’ and ‘Superstition’.

Ruaridh Mathieson on vocals and Josh Wright on guitar and vocals gave a stellar tribute to The Beatles, with an interesting selection and impressive depth.

The next segment saw the ensemble change into 1930s era Flash Gordon costumes and launch into orbit with David Bowie and The Police, among others.

Meanwhile, in the background, footage from Earth’s orbit and other space scenes were projected onto the stage to tie the music together.

During the costume and set changes the producers had cleverly inserted cameo performances from the likes of soprano Maggie Findlay, and a very impressive vocal turn from an unnamed lady who sang Adele’s ‘Someone like you’, and a couple of comedy sketches from Mo Morrison, Jamie Watson et al.

After the break the Moulin Rouge section included some classic turn of the century cabaret numbers including ‘Eh voila les belle grisettes’ from Franz Lehar’s ‘The Merry Widow’.

The song selection for the Broadway segment tested the vocal range of the ensemble with tunes from ‘Sound of Music’, ‘Sister Act’, and ‘South Pacific’.

Soprano Maggie Findlay was really working for her dinner during the show as she also sang an earth shattering solo as Christine from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

Also in the Broadway section was a very entertaining rendition of ‘Master of the House’ from Les Miserables and the ribald humour had the audience chuckling away.

The high quality dancing was largely down to the hard work of the performers and the direction of producer and choreographer Edwina Barraclough and assistant producer James Hutcheson.

As expected, the Dixieland finale was an all-singing, all-dancing affair, with the ensemble resplendent in their black and white chequered waistcoats and sequined costumes.

The company belted out some classic Dixie numbers including ‘Chatanooga Choo Choo’, ‘Waiting for the Robert E. Lee’ and a good dose of Al Jolson.

The Angus Minstrels continue to impress with their sense of adventure when it comes to choosing numbers as well as their ingenuity in tieing each section together into a well-oiled and professional evening of family entertainment.