Entertainment

Bonnie Scots

Brigadoon.

Queanbeyan Players Q Theatre; Friday, November 2.

Charlie (Charles Hudson) sings <i>Go Home with Bonnie Jean</i> in <i>Brigadoon</i>. <i> Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography </i>
Charlie (Charles Hudson) sings Go Home with Bonnie Jean in Brigadoon. Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography  

Reviewer: Jennifer Gall

Queanbeyan Players have staged Brigadoon twice before, and return with a new generation of performers to bring the tale to life once more with their customary enthusiasm and dedication.

In <i>Brigadoon</i>: Tommy (Gerard Ninnes), left, and Jeff (Paul Jackson. <i> Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography </i>
In Brigadoon: Tommy (Gerard Ninnes), left, and Jeff (Paul Jackson. Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography  

Two American tourists: Tommy played by the convincingly romantic Gerard Ninnes and his cynical companion, Jeff, played with panache by Paul Jackson, stumble on a magical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years. The two men are soon distracted by two of the village women, and Tommy must make a choice between staying with the love of his dreams, or the fiancee of his ''real'' life back in the US. Alyssa Morse gives a strong performance as Fiona, keeping the narrative alive and brightening both duets and solos with her musicality.

It takes a moment to adjust to the fact that this is Scotland as imagined by Hollywood. The songs fail to reach the sophistication of later compositions of the Lerner-Loewe partnership, except perhaps Come to me, Bend to Me, which iss sung sensitively by Ninnes and Morse.

Fiona (Alyssa Morse) and Tommy (Gerard Ninnes) in <i>Brigadoon</i>.  <i>Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography </i>
Fiona (Alyssa Morse) and Tommy (Gerard Ninnes) in Brigadoon. Photo: Rebecca Doyle Photography  

Janet Tweedie makes a confident and lively Meg Brockie, comic seductress of the grouchy Jeff. Charles Hudson and Alexandra Dun compliment each other well as Charlie and Jean. Costumes, choreography and sword fighting are well co-ordinated to interweave ensemble and main character scenes, with lighting and stage direction supporting the production. The orchestra under the baton of Jennifer Groom underpinned the action, with some lovely clarinet solos wafting up from the pit. The Queanbeyan players always produce fine choruses, and Brigadoon iss no exception to the tradition, with men and women interpreting the narrative energetically.