6:30 a.m., June 6)
musical Sweet Nothin’ a treat for sore ears
played by Megan Moffatt, sings her audition number as a jealous Diva Simone, played
by Alexandra Acton looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo
photographer and part-time musician Alan Dean McDowell approached Orléans
Young Players instructor Andrea Cochrane about writing a musical together last
September she thought he was nuts.
was nine months ago. Last week OYPs Showbiz class brought their collaboration
to life on stage at the Orléans Theatre and the result was pure magic.
Nothin is a play about a young woman who desperately wants to join the
musical theatre despite her mothers objections. When a touring company comes
to town she gets her wish, but not without a great deal of effort and a few plot
twists along the way.
was lucky enough to sit in during last weeks dress rehearsal and then go
see the the final nights performance on Saturday.
the cast was in fine voice during the dress rehearsal, they lacked the confidence
that comes from perfecting ones material in front of a live audience for
two or three nights in a row.
for myself and the rest of the audience who went to see the play Saturday night,
the actors all had their performances down to a tee. What was even more amazing
is that none of the cast members had ever taken singing lessons before joining
the Showbiz class.
the Coles Notes version of the plot, Claire is secretly taking singing lessons
from a woman named Louise who has had some sort of run in with her mother 17 years
When Louise finds out about the musical coming to town and the fact that
its being produced by two former colleagues of hers, she decides to try and get
Claire an audition.
the meantime Claire decides to try and audition on her own, only instead of auditioning
for the plays producers, she sings for the lead actress who jealously tells
her shes no good.
it turns out the actress is Diva Simone who got her break in theatre when she
tricked Louise and Claires mother Rosie into missing their auditions 17
years ago. Each of the women thought that the other had sabotaged their careers.
After they make up, they give Diva her comeuppance and shes fired from the
show and replaced by Claire, while Divas groupie chorus members are replaced
by Rosie and her sisters, the Rosettes.
Sweet Nothin is an entertaining story, it is the music which brings
the play to life and on that note McDowell had done an amazing job especially
as a first timer.
course, it doesnt hurt when your songs are being sung by the likes of Megan
Moffatt, who plays Claire, and Alexandra Acton who plays Diva Simone. Both young
ladies have incredible singing voices. In fact, my daughter turned to me after
Claires solo Every Night and suggested that Megan should have tried out
for Canadian Idol.
rest of the cast was awesome as well, including Keri Purpore as Louise and Bronte
Germaine as Rosie. The producer and the director were played by Victoria Sawyer
and Katie Webster and Claires two aunts were played by Alexandra Dean and
to McDowell as well for including a solo number for the chorus, which included
Haley Brennan as Jayla, Justine Davies as Jessica, Emily Simms as Sophie, Alyssa
Paliotti as Emma, Celia Hogan as Violet and Meaghan Donohue as Melanie.
but not least, Aileen Duncan deserves special mention for her duel role as Ruby
the chorus line member and Biff, Divas rock and roll boyfriend. She had
at least two of the people sitting in front of me completely fooled.
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