Oozing with love from all the walls

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Love and Laughter, Thornton Little Theatre

LOVE and laughter was the theme as Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society celebrated 75 years on the local am dram scene.

And the love was oozing from the walls as performers of all ages took to the stage.

A packed programme saw many different aspects of love explored with a number of impressive vocal performances. Lisa Carolan gave an engaging version of On My Own from Les Miserables and Helen Steel and Suzanne Wilkinson gave a haunting duet on the vocally challenging I Still Believe.

Jenny Daniels also shone in both her Shoop Shoop song and I Can Hear The Bells, from Hairspray.

Harmonies were good on whole company numbers, especially in It Only Takes A Moment from Hello Dolly and In My Life by The Beatles.

More upbeat numbers like Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Everybody Needs Somebody and Bring Me Sunshine had the audience singing and clapping along.

But the show was more than just vocals, comedy played a huge part with custard pies, some spilled soup, a sprinkling of transvestism and a Mastermind chair.

Phil Swift and Lisa Carolan belted out a humorous version of Anything You Can Do and the men of the company did a comical job of Hello Dolly’s It Takes A Woman.

Erik Blackburn showed his mastery of comic timing throughout the short sketches and particularly as he sang I Remember It Well with Anne George.

Lover and Laughter is an endlessly upbeat show as the group celebrates a landmark year.