Calamity Jane the last night by Andreas Yiasimi

Most show reviews are compiled in the audience however, this is a recollection of magical moments from an actors point of view behind the scenes.

Calamity Jane was never going to be an easy task and I remember thinking at the first rehearsal “How is all this going to come together” However, CSODS is a slick outfit with years of experience and a line of superb musicals under their belt.

Months of work had reached an inevitable climax on the last day of a truly amazing production. The excitement when I awoke that morning had mixed emotion, knowing it would mark the end of another memorable journey with Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Producer, Martin Rodwell, created something special by allowing the ensemble the freedom to improvise and build their characters, around a very strong leading cast. Stage craft was the key and acquiring a balance to highlight main players when need be, was a vital ingredient to the overall dynamic feel.

There was never any lapse with people standing around doing nothing and we lived the characters we were playing every single second while on stage. Dialogue and movement was continuous, conjuring believable wild west scenarios. Volume became second nature and we knew when to turn it up and down to suite the scenes.

The final curtain concluded another fantastic chapter for CSODS, however, the memories and the brilliant people I had the pleasure to work with, will live forevermore in my heart.

Production Team

Director: Martin Rodwell
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

Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society website