The man sitting next to me at Oamaru Operatic Society’s production of Les Miserables on Thursday said he cried.
This was the third time I’d seen the show and while I wasn’t moved to tears, I was very impressed by the performance.
Professional singer Tim Beveridge starred as Valjean. The rest of the cast were local amateurs but there was nothing amateur about their acting and singing.
It took the society nearly three years of planning to bring the show to the Opera House stage. The performance we saw was worth it.
The acoustics of the refurbished Opera House made the most of the voices and orchestra; the set was stunning and costumes superb.
Tickets to Cats were sold out weeks ahead when I was in London in 1992.
The only way to get one was to queue for returns. I was third in line when I got to the theatre at about mid day, hoping for tickets to the 8pm show that evening.
It was worth the wait.
I’ve seen the show three times since then – one in Christchurch, twice in Dunedin and will go again when the Oamaru Operatic Society performs it later this year.
If I had to choose a favourite song from Cats it would be Shimble Shanks the Railway Cat, but Memory, which Susan Boyle sang for her semi final performance in Britain’s Got Talent, is a close second.
Hat Tip Something Should Go Here who showed me it was on YouTube & Barnsley Bill who had a fulelr version.