Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
Veteran director and actor Pam Tucker has once again assembled a large predominantly senior cast in SALOS final production of the year. The set comprised of a large Christmas tree and black curtains adorned with silver stars, but most of the colour was provided by the many vibrant costumes that sparkled and shone through every musical number. Kudos to Pam, Cyndey Trezise, Ruth Johnstone and Jenny Francis.
Pianist Sue Penhale and flautist Robert Brown played wonderfully well through many old favourites and melodies. The audience were familiar with many of the traditional Christmas carols and were encouraged to sing along. Ensemble singing numbers highlighted some wonderful harmonies.
The first act provided some stand out performances by singing duo Ralph Gourlay and Marion Manuel singing “We are Australia” and performer James Murphy singing “Bring him home”. I found both interpretations very moving.
SALOS have crammed many songs into their ode to all things Christmas. Old time music hall, operetta and songs with a theme, such as snow or rain were in dispersed with comedy skits that although a little tired evoked some giggles from the audience.
Act two again provided many highlights including Susan Brooke Smith with the classic “Somewhere over the rainbow” and Katrin Treloar with “A heart that’s free”; both reaching their high register with ease.
The finale focused on the nativity scene and was wrapped up with yet another medley featuring a beautiful performance of “Mary’s Boy Child” by Susan, David Roberts and Elly Vink.