A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue! (2016)

By Mariam Koslay

This Friday night the Crookwell Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) will kick off its two-week season in a blaze of colour, comedy and song for ‘A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue!’.

This year's music hall revue is fast-paced and a clever combination of comical sketches, musical items, a renowned line up of male dancers and an illusionist.

The chorus line will feature music from The Beach Boys to Broadway numbers and promises to be a show not to be missed.

The two act show is divided into 14 items that run for three to five minutes in duration.

The pace and velocity of the performance is a unique and alluring characteristic of the overall show, director Anne Cleary said.

“It’s a mish-mash of everything and it really keeps people’s attention. People can’t afford to take a toilet break,” she laughed.

“The script is not set and structured like conventional shows but is a conglomeration of scripts that we have matched to the people who attend the show.”

The unique structure and non-linear narrative of ‘A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue!’ signifies a growing shift of style at the company.

Ms Cleary said ‘A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue!’ is not only a time to celebrate the power of local performance but the enthusiasm of the community participants.

“Some of the people on the show are trained and seasoned actors, but others put their hand up and said, I’m interested, I can do this,” Ms Cleary said.

Ranging from 19 to 70 in age, she said the introduction of Hannah Cotton and Melissa Shoard in the show brought a great addition to the singing and dancing in the show.

The two hour performance will be held over the first two weekends in November at the Crookwell Memorial Hall and tickets will be sold for $20 each.

A proportion of the ‘A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue!’ ticket sales will go towards local Brad Hayes, who suffered a spinal injury earlier this year.

Over the years, CADS musical shows and skits have moved away from the conventional and traditional performances to a more contemporary, upbeat and innovative production company.

Bookings for either theatre seating or table seating performances can also be made online at www.trybooking.com/NILN or www.trybooking.com/NILR for table seats.

Limited tickets may also be available at the door.

For more information on ‘A Razzle Dazzle Music Hall Revue!’ call Anne Cleary on 4832 1457 or to get involved head to cads.org.au.

CADS is a voluntary organisation which aims at propelling the future of theatre in Crookwell and supporting local arts initiatives and school programs.

Originally published online by the Goulburn Post as A Razzle Dazzle performance to hit Crookwell.

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