Singers delight in Cupar annual shows

The full cast of CAMS May 2014.
The full cast of CAMS May 2014.

Cupar Amateur Musical Society (CAMS) produced two wonderful performances with its recent annual ‘CAMS in Concert‘ shows at the Corn Exchange, Cupar.

The cast performed a wide variety of songs from musicals, artists and films and the programme included solos, groups and whole company renditions, all of which allowed everyone to demonstrate their talents.

Musical director Kate Doig brings out the best in the performers, with beautiful harmonies and arrangements and, as usual, high standards were maintained throughout the show.

The evening opened with the Barry Manilow song ‘One Voice’, with Ruth Anderson leading the company in a confident start to the show. Andrew Doig then went on to sing ‘Wilkommen’ from ‘Cabaret’ and introduce the evening.

The first section contained songs from ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘West Side Story’ and a beautiful version of ‘The Heat is on In Saigon’ from ‘Miss Saigon’, which had particularly lovely male vocals supporting Helen Knowles. Another song which stood out was ‘I am a Small Part of the World’, with Allison Lumsden leading the company in a beautifully interpreted rendition. The penultimate song was ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ sung by an inventively ‘bearded’ Ruth and the company. They then closed with a well harmonised version of ‘The Circle of Life’ from ‘The Lion King’.

The audience was then treated to two songs from the Friends of St Columba’s Choir, conducted by Fiona Haldane, ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ and a traditional song called ‘Kusi Mama’, which had the audience tapping their feet.

The second section of the evening was more light-hearted, with songs from ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ and ‘Carousel’ among others.

More humour appeared in the version of ‘Ruler of the Queen’s Navee’ from ‘HMS Pinafore’, lead by Gordon Wood, with ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ making an appearance in an ‘Octopus’s Garden’, well sung by Graham Lumsden.

After the interval there was a short comedic skit entitled ‘Forte Towers’, written and directed by Jude Vandecasteele and Neil Jarrett, based on the premise that hotel inspectors are on their way, the building has sprung a leak and guests are being demanding. It ended with inspectors, staff and guests performing ‘Singing in the Rain’.

The Friends of St Columba’s Choir returned to perform Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘She Loves You’ by the Beatles, both beautifully harmonised and sung by a very talented choir.

CAMS continued to deliver its final songs with confidence, strong voices and the talent that we have come to enjoy. Two duets from ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘Come to my Garden’ sung by Helen Knowles and Louise Middleton and ‘Lily’s Eyes’, sung by Neil and Andrew, were particularly moving and expertly sung. Louise hit some very high notes in her duet with Neil, ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’ from ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and Jude Vandecasteele gave a powerful rendition of ‘With One Look’ from ‘Sunset Boulevard’. We also enjoyed songs from ‘Gypsy’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and a delightful duet from Allison and Graham Lumsden, who sang ‘True Love’ from ‘High Society’.

The evening ended with CAMS and the choir on stage for a wonderful version of ‘The Rhythm of Life’ from ‘Sweet Charity’.

Artistic Director Ruth Anderson continues to ensure a good interpretation of the pieces. Costumes and set were minimal ensuring there was little to distract from the voices and the combination of Kate Doig on keyboard, assisted by Bobby McCabe on percussion worked well, allowing the showcasing of voices rather than instruments. Sound and lightening were also ideal for this production, consistently professional and of a high standard.

I look forward to the production of ‘Oklahoma’ in February.