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NODA Review: Celebrate SONG

NODA Review: Celebrate SONG

CELEBRATE SONG....a Summer Show/Review presented by SONG at Greenbank High School, Southport on Saturday 14th July 2018.

This was my first occasion to see SONG in action, and I do hope it won’t be my last! I have said this before and I will say it again, there are occasions in life when we all think “Oh I wish I was younger”, this was one of those occasions!

When you see such talented young people, performing and enjoying their selves so much on stage – so jealous!

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Georgia Wins Brenda Whelan Award

Georgia Wins Brenda Whelan Award

Georgia Harding (pictured here with with Hilary Thomson our Chair of SONG) is the latest recipient of the Brenda Whelan Award.

The Award Is given in memory of Brenda, a past Chair of SONG who never wavered in her support of the group and worked with us backstage for many years until her death.

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NODA Review: Beauty And The Beast

NODA Review: Beauty And The Beast

What a lovely evening we had watching SONG’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” which brought back memories of family holidays in Disney World Florida and watching the latest version of the live action film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens with my grandchildren.

The show has music written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice from a book by Linda Woolverton

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NODA Review: The Addams Family

NODA Review: The Addams Family

The Addams family has music and lyrics written by Andrew Lipper from a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and is based on characters created by Charles Addams from the well-known television series and films of the same name.

This was a very entertaining and enjoyable production from SONG, directed by Karen Edge with musical direction by Charles Moss and choreography from Victoria Harrocks. The young cast who were probably too young to have seen the original television show, entertained us with excellent portrayals of the characters that we know and love with a maturity that belied their age.

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Amanda Wins Brenda Whelan Award

Amanda Wins Brenda Whelan Award

Amanda Murphy (pictured here with with Karen Edge our Chair of SONG) is the latest recipient of the Brenda Whelan Award.

The Award Is given in memory of Brenda, a past Chair of SONG who never wavered in her support of the group and worked with us backstage for many years until her death.

It is awarded by the SONG committee on an annual basis to a member of the group who has shown exceptional dedication, commitment and teamwork over the year and Amanda fully deserves this accolade.

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NODA Review: The Wiz

NODA Review: The Wiz

Director: Sian Woolley, Musical Director: Sarah Nicholson with Paul Williams as assistant Musical Director, Choreography: Jenny Birch

The musical “The Wiz” has music and lyrics written by Charlie Smalls with a plot based on the very popular story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

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Harry Takes The Award!

Harry Takes The Award!

SONG is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Brenda Whelan trophy this year is Harry Gascoigne.

The award is in memory of Brenda Whelan, a well loved former chairman and committee member of our group who worked hard and supported SONG in many ways until her death.

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Brenda Whelan Achievement Award 2015

Brenda Whelan Achievement Award

Brenda Whelan Achievement Award

Matthew Higginson is the recipient of the first Brenda Whelan Achievement Award.

Brenda, who died last year, had been involved with our group for many, many years. A former chairman and a committee member, she had, since then, worked hard for SONG in many backstage roles until her death.

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NODA Review: A Handful Of SONG

NODA Review: A Handful Of SONG

Once again SONG have entertained us with a production presented and performed by some very talented young people in the form of a Revue called “A Handful of Song” which was staged in three very different parts.

In the first part they gave us something a little different with a piece of drama called “Tales of Arabia” written and directed by Paul Wilkinson.

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Champion Review: The Wiz

Champnews Review - The Wiz

The Wiz is a re-telling of the well-loved children’s fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz through the music and language of black America and, it has to be said, the youngsters of SONG performed it brilliantly.

The dancing, choreographed by Jenny Birch, was step-perfect and the musical backing, with its fusions of gospel, R & B and swing, rocked along under the direction of Sarah Nicholson.

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NODA Review: Joseph

NODA Review: Joseph

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice “Joseph” and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis in the Bible and is completely sung through with a family-friendly storyline.

It was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School London in 1968 and then recorded as a concept album in 1969.

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NODA Review: Godspell

NODA Review: Godspell

Pick up your Roget’s Thesaurus, turn to find the word “excellent” and you will find many more words which could be ascribed to this wonderful (there’s one) performance of Godspell by SONG, a group of immensely talented youngsters: 26 in all, aged from 10 to 16.

On stage for the whole of the action, approx one and three quarter hours, they sang, acted and danced their way through a production which was apparently of great delight to them and certainly was to their audience.

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NODA Review: Zombie Prom

NODA Review: Godspell

If we could bottle all the energy and enthusiasm from this show, wind farms would be a thing of the past.

Although Regional Rep for District 4, I stood in on this occasion for Rep Wendy Newton and all I can say is eat your heart out Wendy you missed a terrific evening. Director Marilyn Fletcher-Hill captured all the style of a 50’s high school (shades of Rydell High) and extracted a wonderful performance from a diverse cast of young people aged between 10 and 18.

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Are you interested in becoming a regular supporter of our talented youth group? If so, we would like to invite you to become a “Friend of SONG”.

For an annual subscription of £50 you will receive a complimentary ticket and programme to our major production in April and a mention in our programme as a supporter of SONG and its activities. We will also give you regular updates of SONG’s activities, plus an invitation to be our guest at any social events we plan during the year.
By becoming a “Friend of SONG” you will be helping to ensure the continued success of our long-established and well-regarded amateur youth group.
If you would like to support SONG in this way, please contact us.