Explosive performance of East meets West

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 10 June 2010

THE?Latest production from the Exmouth Musical Theatre Company has just finished a successful week at the Exmouth Pavilion and the Journal s Dave Somerton-Rees took in a performance.

THE?Latest production from the Exmouth Musical Theatre Company has just finished a successful week at the Exmouth Pavilion and the Journal's Dave Somerton-Rees took in a performance.

After the last show of South Pacific, I was intrigued as to how they would match the high standard they had set themselves.

I wasn't dissappointed! Once again EMCO have produced yet another superb show.

I went along to a packed Exmouth Pavilion to see the latest production of Chess. The musical, from the composers of the hit show Mamma Mia, follows the Cold War rivalry of two chess champions - American Freddie Trumper, wonderfully played by Craig ­Butler, and Russian Anotoly, brilliantly played by Lance Vernon - as they vie for the world championship and a woman's heart.

Chess, a show rarely performed by amateur companies due to its technical challenges , has proved that there is no show EMCO, with its depth of talent, cannot perform.

Debbie Butler played the part of Florence, the assistant to the American champion, superbly, brilliantly acted and a voice full of passion.

The chemistry between Lance, Craig and Debbie was amazing.

Chess includes the popular songs I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.

The show was cleverly directed by David Youll and Lynne Caygill stamped her mark on a great score as the musical director.

Excellent singing and dancing as well as sublime acting were in abundance by all members of the cast, backed up by flawless music by the orchestra.

My favourite song, and by the reaction of the rest of the audience I wasn't alone, was I Know Him So Well sung by Debbie and Jane Milne, who plays spurned wife Svetlana, their voices complementing each other perfectly.

EMCO?are now auditioning for new members, if you think you have what it takes to join this great company, give Debbie a ring on (01395) 268444. Rehearsals start on Thursday, June 18, at the Royal Beacon Hotel.

If you missed Chess then you have the chance to catch EMCO in November with Sound of the Sixties co-ordinated by Ann Killoran and EMCO look forward to celebrating 100 years next year with the well-known musical Hello Dolly, directed by Clare Philbrock and Adele Needham, one not to be missed.

Dave Somerton-Rees

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