A ‘Summer Holiday’ packed with energy and enthusiasm

Anstruther & District Amateur Musical Society's Summer Holiday at St Andrews Town Hall (Photo by Peter Adamson)
Anstruther & District Amateur Musical Society's Summer Holiday at St Andrews Town Hall (Photo by Peter Adamson)

Anstruther & District Amateur Musical Society’s production of Summer Holiday in St Andrews Town Hall allowed the younger members of the company to show off their considerable talents.

Each number was delivered with such energy and enthusiasm that the audience had no choice but to tap their feet and sing along – albeit to themselves until the finale when they let rip.

Lynn Smith, as musical director, once more made sure that all the singing – solo, group and chorus – was of a high standard. No one was allowed just to belt out the Cliff Richard classic songs. The chorus numbers were in the capable hands of choreographer Alison McIvor and what fun they were.

The part of Don was played by Billy Muir, stepping in at the last minute but you never would have guessed such was his confidence on stage. He had the perfect voice for the part and worked well with the rest of the quartet.

Roy Verner brings great stage presence to whatever part he plays and he brought the character of the smooth talking Steve to life.

Thomas Cape as Edwin opened the second act with an impressive take on the Hank Marvin song ‘Move It.’

Newcomer Daniel Tyminski took on the part of Cyril contributing effectively to the quartet’s close harmony numbers. Hopefully we’ll see him on stage again.

The trio of girls gave the boys a run for their money when they joined them on the bus. The role of Mimsie was in the capable hands of Linday Rowan, Emma Busby played glamorous Angie and Orla Jones, Alma. They delivered their songs and humorous dialogue with panache and really looked the part in their beehive hairdos. They were stunning in their trio, ‘The Lonely One’.

Last to board the bus was Barbara, playing by the talented Rachel Nee. She sang beautifully and is certainly no slouch as an actor either.

Holding their own against this youthful cast were Steve Pimentil as Jerry and Louise Seymour as Stella.

The chorus had to work had to work hard too as each were required to play variety of characters and take part in a variety of energetic dance numbers. Memorable cameos included Andrew Johnson’s priest and Eric Govern’s border guard and nightclub hostess!. The dancers – Shona Gardner, May Mackenzie, Michelle McBride and Catriona Nee – demonstrated how well they could dance, even when wearing flippers!

I was told director Thom Hughes was ill during the last week of the rehearsals, but past directors Alan Tricker and Robert Nee stepped in to help get the show in good shape for the opening night.

This was a show where one great musical number followed another with little breathing space between.

It was fun. It was bright. It was good!