|OVER ¬£1000 RAISED FOR SCOTTISH SPCA|
A capacity audience helped the SUMMER VARIETY SHOW held at Orchardton Hall on 9th June to raise over £1000 for the benefit of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The event was promoted and produced by Susan Foster who is experienced and well connected in the entertainment industry. She was ably supported by local Scottish SPCA representative Marian Makins and her team of volunteers including husband George (yes he did readily volunteer), Sheilah, Anne, Craig and Mike.
The Company consisted of Cheryl Anne Easton and Andrew Twigg from Dumfries Opera Society, Comic and poet Juanita McNeish, together with Kathy and John Hutchinson, Susan Foster and Hazel Osborne all from Auchencairn area.
It would be wrong (if not dangerous) to try and single out any one performance as all made a very valuable and individual impact on the evening.
The audience was entertained by Andrew with songs from well known shows including Cabaret, Mama Mia and Les Miserables.
Cheryl's trained soprano voice thrilled all with it's quality and intensity, yes even when she joined her sister Juanita in their comic as 'Flash and Daz' the singing cleaners.
Susan's rendition of 'I dreamed a dream' had the audience spellbound - she spent most of her time managing order, backing music, bars and goodness knows what else.
Local couple Kathy and John Hutchinson were prominent, each in their own right and as a duo.
John, resplendent in his kilt entertained the throng in the bar before the performance and during each interval with a variety of popular tunes played on the electronic keyboard. Kathy brought audience participation to the evening with her well known songs and old time medley (it was a nice touch to provide song sheets for the audience).
The couple then joined together with John now playing a piano accordian for a singalong of Scottish songs including a few by Rabbie Burns.
The Company rounded off the evening with 'Impossible Dream'. It could be said that they pulled off the impossible dream by putting together this event in a family home (albeit substantial) with little equipment and a team of volunteers.
Throughout the evening live accompaniment was provided on the piano by our own Hazel Osborne to whom the Company presented a beautiful orchid plant.
Susan Foster said "We are lucky that we have such a wealth of local talent on hand to create such an event. Credit should also go to those behind the scenes who dealt with organisational matters such as tickets, car parking and publicity. It was a great team effort that produced an excellent result for the charity. Thanks should also be extended to www.movieclubnews.co.uk who sponsored the DVD, some raffle prizes, the bar and covered other essential expense like fire extinguishers and set up costs."
WELL DONE TO EVERYONE - YES INCLUDING THE AUDIENCE!
Publicity on this village website produced 172 hits on the advertisement.