Media Comments

A selection of critics’ comments about some of our recent productions…

 

The Empire was alive with the sound of music last night as Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust brought the Rogers and Hammerstein show to the city stage. Although an amateur group, BOST put on an accomplished and impressive production.  Jessica Walters as Maria is certainly not a problem to be solved… (she) is irreproachable and her scenes with the Von Trapp children are a
delight.  Do-re-mi and The Lonely Goatherd are standout highlights.  The show maintains an energetic momentum.  Walters, the children and Gareth Casey Morris as the Captain, give fantastic performances, which appear far from amateur.  The highlight is, of course, the Von Trapp clan performing in
front of a giant Nazi flag and officers, a beautiful rendition of Eidelweiss.

The Sound Of Music (2012) – Liverpool Echo

Newcomers to the ranks of Birkenhead Operatic shows will, I am sure, join the ranks of those who have followed them in the past, congratulating them on on another excellent theatrical venture.  Tony Prince as Fagin was a tour de force.  Nancy was beautifully played and sung by Linzi Stefanov.  What can one say about the Director, Elsie Kelly?  Another triumph in a very long line of triumphs.  Long may she continue to delight us.

Oliver! (2012) – NODA

The triumph of the show belongs to BOST alone.  It was a delight to hear a traditional thatre band – much larger than most that accompany modern musicals now… and it is clear that the staging is anything but amateur.    As  Belle; Laura Coard brings much needed cheekiness to the beauty and Gareth Casey Morris as the beast is terrifying and vulnerable.  The Gaston and Le Fou double act is delightful, especially in the expertly choreographed tavern scene.  But the magic is truly felt in the castle and the enchanted servants that inhabit it.  Lumiere and Cogsworth, the candlestick and clock, give the audience another hilarious double act but special praise goes to Meryl Langford as the opera singer turned wardrobe, who got the biggest laugh of the night.  Be Our Guest is outstanding with the always in-tune ensemble also taking a starring role.  The finale is as good as many professional productions you could care to name.

Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (2011) – What’s On Stage

The big audience was gripped by the story, enjoyed the singing style, the stylised Herod with dancers and the very well characterised Pilate, the awesome priests, a jealous Judas, good apostles and a dignified, human yet godly Christ, and a beautiful, sweet-voiced Mary, but best of all, was the team work.  The pyramidal set -all steps- made immense physical demands as the crowds moved on them, whether in streets or the temple, or as part of the trial.  The cross was impressive, rising in the last scene, and there was immense sensitivity throughout.  The lighting makes its own statements with so many visible angled and coloured lights and some moments were pure artistry. 
The whole show was such a joyous success.  All congratulations!

Jesus Christ Superstar (2010) – Wirral Champion

BOST present the creme-de-la-creme of local talent in their latest production.  Stepping back to the ’30s, the large ensemble impressively combines song, drama and eclectic styles of dance, to capture the essence of the era.  Accents and facial expressions are extremely believable, especially those of Gareth Casey Morris (Bella Zangler), whose grasp of declamatory techniques is strong.  Linzi Stefanov (Polly Baker) never fails in making you smile, her beautiful tone of voice in the songs “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “But Not For Me”  being an absolute joy to listen to.  The rapport between Simmons and Morris in “What Causes That” is thoroughly entertaining, the direction of Elsie Kelly working wonders in this scene.  Bouncing off each other’s behaviour so humorously would not be out of place in a professional show.  BOST promises a night of stunning live music, plenty of feel good moments, beautiful costumes and scenery – really, who could ask for anything more!

Crazy For You (2010) – What’s On Stage

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