Behind The Arras Review - 26/04/16
THIS is the company’s first production under their new name, replacing ‘operatic society’ in the title to keep up to date with current trends.
What hasn’t changed is the high quality on stage, and the audience reaction to early performances of this famous Western musical will be a huge boost after last year’s show had to be cancelled.
The story of gun-toting Calamity Jane, who drives the Deadwood Stage, dresses like a man and is well-meaning but prone to exaggeration, is impressively told by a cast oozing talent and enthusiasm.
It helps if you have outstanding leads, and Barbara Hayward and Barry Styles certainly excel as ‘Calam’ and Wild Bill Hickock who, despite their occasional upsets, eventually find true love.
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