By Sheila Martindale
A 10th anniversary is special, and Blue Bridge Theatre is celebrating. Blue Bridge Sings! is a reprise of songs from the musicals presented over the decade, and is an evening of pure enjoyment. With eight vocalists, including the hosts of the evening – Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Kholby Wardell – there is a good variety of voices. Everyone is feeling buoyant and it shows. Highlights are Jambalaya (from Hank Williams, the show he never gave) Patsy Cline’s I Fall to Pieces, Somewhere Over the Rainbow (originated by Judy Garland) and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. It is worth the price of admission to hear three wonderfully rendered songs from My Fair Lady – particularly On the Street Where You Live and I Could Have Danced All Night. And at the end we are treated to a tiny preview of one of next season’s shows – Sweeny Todd.
The quality of the voices aside, perhaps a fashion note is appropriate here. Someone should tell Kholby that you cannot wear a summer tux (complete with ruffled shirt and bow tie) – with jeans! And Sarah Pelzer needs to know that the weird flap at the front of her otherwise elegant black dress almost completely obscures her lovely sparkly necklace. I could go on….
But never mind, you are going for the music and the singing, both of which are exceptional. This is a really short run – Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, so hurry up and get your tickets by calling 250-382-3370.
Congratulations to Artistic Director Brian Richmond on ten years of outstanding theatre.