Sunday, May 4, 2014

Pearls of the Sea & Other Gems

It is fantastic to live in a small country town and see our local Seniors perform in their annual variety concert. The Super Troupers have been performing at the Bijou Theatre for well over a decade now, and the opening night of their latest production 'Pearls from the Sea and Other Gems' was a delight.

Sally Ashbil is the director and she has presented us with a very slick production that was inspired by the recent Esperance Waterfront project that is currently underway, and opens upon completion in August this year. Let's hope the Waterfront follows in the footsteps of this year's Seniors' show. If it does we are in for a real treat.

On opening  night we were regaled with numbers including Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside, Faraway Places, Pedro the Fisherman, Red Sails in the Sunset and the director herself giving a beautiful rendition of La Mer. Sally was born in Cairo and speaks fluent French. There was dancing, synchronised swimming (with the boys looking gorgeous in their bathers!), skits, poetry and jokes, all delivered with vim and verve. The set and costumes were superb.

The Seniors' Theatre Group has spent the last few months preparing this show, and several of the artists are in their eighties. I was left in no doubt that being involved in this production has ensured they remain active mentally and physically, and have fun and laughter in providing our vibrant community with another great night out.

As Miguel de Cevantes said "He who sings scares his woes away." Well done Super Troupers. We had a ball!

'Pearls from the Sea and Other Gems' concludes its season next weekend. For tickets visit the Esperance Theatre Guild website