A Little Bit More of What You Fancy

Sheringham Little Theatre

> Sheringham Little Theatre

I am your indisputably illustrious, indefatigable interlocutor, introducing to you tonight a music hall medley of mellifluous music and mischievous merriment; nostalgic nosh with some sentimental slush and heaps of happy hilarity; eclectically eccentric, elegantly effervescent entertainment… (groan, groan, 'get on with the review', you might heckle.)

Okay. Tony Nelson is the meticulously masterful compere for this vaudeville variety show, which complements an exhibition commemorating almost a century of Little Theatre history.

The prodigiously productive Colin Prentice has assembled 15 personable performers – singers, dancers, comedians and a young euphonium player, most of them home-grown – who are accompanied by music maestro Valerie Crowe and her three musketeers (sax, guitar, percussion).

The songs and sketches, the dances and the dresses, are drawn from the popular culture of the 20s, 30s and 40s, and, as such, may not be quite what you fancy if you were born after World War 2.

This eagerly enthusiastic crowd seemed to enjoy it all, while wildly whooping old favourites Terry Chappelle, the glamorous granny of cross-dressing, and 'good ol' boy' comedian Maurice Phillips, a delightfully quirky guy who garners guffaws galore thanks to a fictitious, thick-as-bricks friend called Morty and a smart pet monkey.

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Other highlights include Libby Henshawe, resplendent in red, performing Stately as a Galleon; Alex Gillam and Hannah Jarman, rising stars with fantastic voices; and young Garry Higgs, who does a fine comic turn as ventriloquist's dummy with attitude.

t The show is repeated on May 30, and June 2 and 4.

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