A Christmas Spectacular
by the Lowestoft Players, in their Bethel Theatre
Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 5th December 2016 and The Lowestoft Journal, 9 December 2016
Christmas, coming as it does ever earlier and ever more commercial, is likely to bring out the inner Scrooge in many of us. The Lowestoft Players’ annual spectacular seasonal variety show is the perfect antidote to that.
There is something about the warm atmosphere of the Players’ Bethel theatre, lights, effects, magnificent costumes, superb singing, dancing and comedy routines – some new, some old and some new takes on old favourites – that is heart-warming and feel-good.
Directed by Lauren Nevill and Polly Woodward, with choreography by Emily Fox and musical direction by Krista Ribbons, this year’s bumper show has a versatile and energetic main company with some impressive solos.
It’s the transitions between styles and genres that spread the goodwill – farce to poetry, Buble to contemporary twists on classics and Christmas carols with the real message of love and hope.
One regular highlight is a couple of routines from the Louise Elizabeth School of Dance and this year’s included a memorable ‘Riverdance’ rendition that rocked the whole place.
The Players have made their spectacular as essential to Christmas in Lowestoft as mince pies and presents.
Previous Lowestoft Players’ Christmas Spectacular shows reviewed:
2013, my first review of a seasonal spectacular for the Players.
2014, my second.
2015, my third.