Review: Sounds Familiar : Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, until October 24

Sounds Familiar by Ipswich Operatic & Dramtic Society - their annual showcase staged at Seckford Th

Sounds Familiar by Ipswich Operatic & Dramtic Society - their annual showcase staged at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

It felt that Christmas had come early. Over two hours of show tunes and I knew nearly all of them.

Sounds Familiar by Ipswich Operatic & Dramtic Society - their annual showcase staged at Seckford Th

Sounds Familiar by Ipswich Operatic & Dramtic Society - their annual showcase staged at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

Sounds Familiar is the annual performance by IODS that gives the company members an opportunity to take centre stage and pay tribute to some of the best and well -loved songs ever written. IODS gives us an immensely warm, enjoyable and entertaining evening from start to finish.

One thing stands out with this production : IODS certainly know a thing or two about this business called “show”. The costumes throughout, for this very large cast, were simply staggering in the attention to detail, (fans of sequins, sparkles and sailors will not be disappointed!)

Each section of the show is themed and many numbers were accompanied by delightful projections of the original IODS productions. This gives a real sense of poignancy. A commitment to theatre at whatever level is a lifelong love affair and the performers on stage paying homage to IODS’ past was moving.

The ensemble moments raised the roof throughout and individual numbers certainly did their shows justice. The energy and commitment of the performers overall was very strong and the standard of singing remained impressive throughout with some stand –out performances.


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West Side Story’s “Tonight” and a Jersey Boys medley saw the younger company members shine in both singing and characterisation. “As long as He needs me” from Oliver, “Losing My Mind” from A Little Night Music and a Witches of Eastwick number were simply outstanding.

The West medley showcased a taster of Oklahoma, the 2016 IODS production. It promises to be a good one, however I leave the theatre vaguely haunted . Was there really ever a “Titanic The Musical”?!

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Jackie Montague

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