BWW Review: THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at CentreStage Orewa
The cauldron of theatrical delights bubbled without toil or trouble as a collaborative creative vision came to fruition with the preview night of The Witches of Eastwick.
The creative team led by Director Alexandra McKellar, Catherine Carr and Gemma Boswell should be well-pleased with the work of both cast and crew who delivered an entertaining performance.
The singing is stunning. All voices are strong, clear and a pleasure on the ear.
It was great to see the whole company profiled in the programme because they were all high profile on the stage, convincing us that Eastwick does in fact 'know'.
The choreography kept things entertaining with quirky moves that were well matched with the music. The energy and skilfulness of the dance numbers was well delivered and appreciated. The dirty laundry was certainly aired, and the dance with the devil an audience favourite.
The three 'witches' Olivia Garriock, Helene Holman and Amanda Burnett were brilliant in their roles. Each showcased the personality of their characters perfectly whilst collaborating to emphasise the commonality of their situation. They all impress with their solo singing.
Ian Fenwick as the devil-like character Darryl Van Horne, was a gift to the audience performing with a charismatic panache that left them wanting for more. Fenwick was at ease on stage and had the audience in the palm of his hand.
The Gabriel Family were convincing in their roles and Felicia (Claire Murphy) left us wondering 'how did she do that?'. You'll have to come along to see what I mean.
The comedic element was well delivered and timing faultless. Caleb Hogan's Fidel quickly evoked laughter and his timing was always on-parr.
Scene changes were notably slick and the technical team, who had some challenging tasks, delivered. Some minor hitches with sound were quickly remedied.
Special mention must go to Geena Hutton in her role as 'Little Girl'. She opened the show and appeared many times throughout alone on stage. What a beautiful mature voice!
Bravo to CentreStage Theatre company for their choice of show. Writers Dempsey and Rowe have provided a wealth of witty and tuneful material which, combined with some clever staging, special effects and talented performers has culminated in a great night of entertainment.
Don't miss out.
The Witches of Eastwick
Photos by: Chrisna Swart