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By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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Beautiful voices were raised in song for the annual Show Stoppers performed by the Frome Amateur Operatic Society.

An ensemble of some of the longest standing members of the society sung some of the most popular songs from the shows last Saturday night.

This is the fifth year of concerts produced this time by Sandra Elmer. Musical director was the indomitable Kerry Bishop, whose repertoire and skills on the piano are boundless.

He is recognised as one of the most experienced conductors of amateur musicals in this area, and justifiably so.

The evening began with a parade of The Standards and at the end of the programme, Derryn Street led the ensemble singing Wherever You Are while The Standards were gathered and as echoes of the Last Post faded the parade of flags were carried through the Frome Memorial Theatre.

The programme was varied and included songs from The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Pickwick, Barnum, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Seven Brides of Seven Brothers, Lion King, Pocahontas, My Fair Lady and Calamity Jane.

Songs varied from a sparkling performance of I Feel Pretty from West Side Story, Lullaby of Broadway from 42nd Street, Wouldn't it be Loverly from My Fair Lady and Colours of the Wind.

The evening ended with a rousing rendition of The Lambeth Walk sung by the whole ensemble.

Caroline Wood

Rehearsals are in full swing for the annual Timsbury pantomime which will be held at the Conygre Hall from December 12 to 15.

Patrick Bridges directs a strong cast of 12 principals for Mother Goose by Alan Frayn and hopes to replicate the success of the previous Christmas show Frankenstein the Panto.

Steve Turner plays Mother Goose (Dame) with Neil Moon in the role of Billy Gosling, Mother Goose's daft son.

The romantic interest is provided by Emily Moon as the Dame's daughter Jill and Amelia Perry as Principal Boy Colin.

Ian Clark will encourage the boos and hisses this year as the ruthless landlord Maximilian Moneybags.

Roger Bird and John Ford will hope for plenty of laughs as the comedy twosome and the cast is completed by Rhiannon Bramley, Jo Whittock, Carol Ali, Peter Buchanan and newcomer Val Simmons.

Tickets cost £7 or £21 for a family ticket.

Visit www.thettg.org for further details.

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