Today City College student Jake Jenner reviews The Witches of Eastwick at Norwich Theatre Royal

Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society’s production of ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ combined high quality characterisation which carried the vocals into an enchanting performance at the Theatre Royal Norwich. The performance was also complimented by a high standard set with added twists of magic to make the audience believe in this dark story.

Of course, I have to mention the stars of the show, The Witches; Alexandra Spofford (Claire Reynolds Chandler), Jane Smart (Kathryn White) and Sukie Rougemont (Andrea Ferguson) for their captivating performance and outstanding chemistry. A stand out for me especially was Kathryn as her vocal ability was truly gripping. I particularly enjoyed when all three ladies sung together, especially in harmony as their voices blended well to create an eery but enticing sound that captured the audience into their lives. Added to all this, all three witches’ characterisation was completely contrasting; which therefore gave the characters more depth; also, being easy to watch and identify who is who. The first act ended with the Alex, Jane and Sukie realising their magical abilities and literally flying us into the interval.

Terry Boast playing Darryl Van Horne brought humour yet a chilling darkness to the stage. I feel his characterisation included elements of eccentric Jim Carey with his bold gestures and body language which worked incredibly well. Terry seemed engulfed within this dark, sexy and intriguing character, deceiving Alex, Jane and Sukie into using their abilities for dark and twisted deeds. I believe Terry’s character truly thrived in the number “Dance with the Devil” in the second act. That number is a personal favourite of mine due to the up-tempo music and the opportunity for some glitz and glam for the ladies which this production most certainly included. Although Darryl brought humour to the stage, the individual who stole it for me (and for a lot of the audience) was Fidel (Joshua Gould). I thoroughly enjoyed his mysterious presence, yet he was hilariously silent. For me, the punch line of the whole performance was Fidel’s single line, “Right then” at the end of the show, which brought the audience in utter laughter.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching NNOS’ production of ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ with fantastic characters, principal and ensemble, flawless ensemble singing and a touch of magic. I absolutely recommend watching this production for a fun yet gripping evening with incredible music – musically directed by Geoff Davidson – and an enchanting story.

Jake Jenner
Musical Theatre Student @ City College Norwich
Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society’s The Witches of Eastwick is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday to Saturday, January 31 to February 4, 2017. Eves 7.30pm, Mats Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £7-£21.50. BOX OFFICE 01603 630000. Discounts for Friends, Under 18s and Schools. Captioned Performance Thur Feb 2, 2.30pm. For more info or to BOOK ONLINE