Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Saturday 28th May ~ Saturday 4th June 2016

Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre


www.cromerpier.co.uk

From Trip Advisor

Calamity Jane

5 of 5 stars Reviewed via mobile

We have just returned from an excellent evening of entertainment watching Calamity Jane at the Pavilion Theatre. The dancing, singing, costumes and the music was as good as any London Show at a fraction of the price. As Bradley Walsh said it should be on everyone's list of things to do.

Two years ago we saw Oliver and this was also excellent.

Bravo Cromer amateur dramatics, we look forward to Made in Dagenham in 2017.


CSODS' Calamity Jane

5 of 5 stars Reviewed via mobile

Just got home with my wife and two teenage girls after a night in Cromer to see Calamity Jane. It's our second year and it really didn't disappoint! Calamity played by Andrea Wilson was amazing so full of energy and brought Calamity to life alongside Wild Bill who's vocal abilities are beyond belief. The whole show was amazing and the entire cast should have a special mention as you really didn't know where to look. What an amazing show well done guys can't wait for next year! We loved it! Can't rate it enough. A great night worth every penny.

Visited June 2016


Eastern Daily Press Review 30th May 2016

No Calamity - just a great show for all

Whip Crack Away! The tale of the gun-toting heroine of the Wild West, Calamity Jane, is back in town. Cromer town, to be exact, and with a live orchestra and great cast, local amateur dramatic troupe CSODS has excelled itself.

Of course, I'm a fan of the 1953 film version, with Doris Day and Howard Keel, but for sheer enthusiasm, Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society has it beat. On gala night, the excitement was palpable, as musical director Mark Sharp took up his baton and the familiar themes struck up.

There are so many attractive songs in Sammy Fain's score -  Windy City, Higher than a Hawk and My Secret Love, to name but a handful.

And with an ensemble of 20 (not including the dancers) there was good volume, and a lively hustle and bustle on stage to bring out the best in the bar-room brawls. Director Martin Rodwell marshalled his large cast with skill.

Andrea Wilson as Calamity is well worth seeing. She gives the role both focus and strength. Gary Clifton as Wild Bill has a singing voice to charm any ear. Bravo!

Eve Stebbing 


Su Dupont ~ NODA East rep

Thank you very much for the invitation to see CSODS on the Pier with their production of "Calamity Jane" many years since I saw the show and cannot understand why when it is such a good company show.

I was told the first time a box-set had been built for the Cromer stage and how good it looked and how well it worked with swift changes, as did everything in the off-stage credits.

Another first in Martin Rodwell directing a full scale musical (as opposed to a play), and everything was brought out to shine with huge life and energy and fun. Lots of vital movement for all under the regime of Carole Beatty and not just the dancers who were very lively with can-can etc. And that great orchestra and all those harmonies from the stage under the baton of Mark Sharp. All good.

And to that excellent casting and a team to be proud of, plus not forgetting that amazing chorus with their huge energy level and total commitment to song and movement and the great feeling of enjoyment from everyone of stage.

In the title role, Andrea Wilson just burst on to the stage like a firework and she dominated centre stage and attention with personality and style and talent as Calamity: what a perfect casting and what a performance. How well she worked with Annabelle Culley who made a delightful and sweet voiced Katie Brown, these two a great team. In the romance stakes, and personality clashes, the two men came up trumps: Gary Clifton as a strong no nonsense Wild Bill Hickcock taunting Calamity, but with the softer side coming through eventually, singing well to standard and all notes in place; and to Zac Green as Danny Kilmartin as the sweet voiced suitor to Katie but wanted by Calamity, can I believe that 2013 saw him win my "young performer award" with now his portrayal of a lead in adult musical. This group of four really worked as a great team in characterisations and vocals and their interactions for the story/

But there are other lines in this production: Henry Miller from Carl Dennis was such a dynamic characterisation, always on the go with trying his best for The Golden Garter and his troubles. As niece Susan, Selina White, a role that I do not remember as being so strong, was energy personified in organisation; and in romantic partnership, but mainly as the comedy character role, with great timing, Matt Scantlebury as Francis Fryer had the fun perfection role casting. And looking good in her costume and personality Adelaide Adams, Kat Tindall came over well in her number with the stage door johnies. And, of course, Peter Thrower in yet another of his cameos, as Rattlesnake to enjoy.

Above all this was an evening of pure enjoyment in the whole presentation on stage and Martin and the entire company should be congratulated on the energy of the show and for sending us home singing (and skipping down the pier) to those great melodies.

And can I say how delighted that Andrew Payne awarded Life Membership of CSODS for all his dedication and work devoted over the years, so well deserved.


'Calam' dresses like a man, totes a gun and drives the Deadwood City stagecoach. Well-meaning, but disaster-prone, she tries to help the local saloon proprietor out of a jam by promising to fetch a music-hall star from Chicago. A hilarious comedy, it nevertheless has many tender moments and some very famous numbers, including "Secret Love", "Black Hills Of Dakota, "Deadwood Stage" and "Windy City".


Production Team

Director: Martin Rodwell   E-Mail: martin.n.rodwell@gmail.com (Mobile: 07817 730361)

Musical Director: Mark Sharp

Choreographer: Carol  Beatty


Cast List

 Calamity Jane .................................. Andrea Wilson          
 Wild Bill ............................................ Gary Clifton
 Katie Brown ..................................... Annabelle Culley 
 Danny Gilmartin ............................. Zac Green
 Francis Fryer .................................... Matt Scantlebury
 Susan ................................................ Selina White
 Henry Miller .................................... Carl Denis
 Adelaide Adams .............................. Kat Tindall
 Rattlesnake ...................................... Peter Thrower
 Doc .................................................... Glen Hall

 

Dancers

Georgie Kemp (Dance Captain), Ysanne Harman, Helen Colebrooke, Yvonne Kidd, Alison Brooks, Emily Byram, Francesca Read, Selina White

Joseph Reed, Kirk Wills, Mark Webster, Rob White

Ensemble

Carole West, Lucy Wallis, Janet Nightingale, Emma Broughton-Begley, Alice Rotchell, Miriam Welch, Nona Gray, Thelma Torr, Jenny Wrighton, Rachel Fijalkowska, Anna Crane, Kate Rowlings, Marilyn Bumphrey, Jacky Regis, Janet Hignett, Kerry Davis, Ginny Keane, Kat Tindall

Brian Elsey, Andreas Yiasimi, Neville Rowe, Ian Cashmore, Paul Allum


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