An evening extravaganza in Egremont

Review by Robert Haile
Do the time warp: Simpie Simpson really got into the role -photo by Robert Haile

Do the time warp: Simpie Simpson really got into the role -photo by Robert Haile

Egremont Market Hall hosted Whitehaven Theatre Group and friends’ latest Showcase Extravaganza on Saturday September 10.

As the lights went down, Rachel Denwood opened the night with The Rocky Horror Show performing Science Fiction/Double Feature through the audience, setting a high standard for the rest to follow.

The night’s host, Shaun Donald, performed admirably in his duty, not only announcing the acts but also promoting the Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, and next musical, Our House.

It is hard to pick a favourite performance from the night, as Copeland’s theatrical arts are well and truly alive and kicking, though in need of increased participation, especially in the seniors.

Stage Stars’ performance of their award winning Jersey Boys medley and later on Mary Poppins medley proved to be a hit with the audience.

Think of me, from Phantom of the Opera, performed by Jasmin Smith, wowed the crowd into silence as each note was eagerly anticipated.

The first act belonged to the youth the second was the senior performers act, as it opened with 42nd Street Tap.

Kayleigh Cullen and Beth McGarry’s duet of Who Wants to Live Forever, from the Queen musical We Will Rock You, took everyone’s breath away with the soaring notes and powerful voices.

As the night headed to a close, after a brief visit to the Little Shop of Horrors, Whitehaven Theatre Group’s 2016 musical, Chris Simpson took to the stage as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, to close the night with two songs from The Rocky Horror Show, the melancholy I’m Going Home and then the lively Time Warp.