Campoverde Theatre Group has just completed their performance of Di de Di at the Casa de Cultura, San Miguel. Performing to capacity audiences this energetic and experienced theatre group delighted audiences with their interpretation of the old television sitcom Hi de Hi. As well as featuring all the well know characters, the show also showcased Bert Swanley in the person of Huw Jones and the Craplin Debonnaires.
The show started with a medley of The Holiday Rock / Happy Days featuring the entire company, and this set the pace of this fun and music filled show. The show followed the misfortunes of Ted (Tony Kelly) being pursued by his ex wife, Jeffrey thinking that he had acted inappropriately with the predatory Gladys whilst drunk, the Bluecoat competition and Peggy (Sue Mathews) thinking that she has finally gained her promotion. Also featured were the capers of the pensioner campers who loved the activities on offer and also found love whilst on holiday.
Excellent performances were given by all leading characters and are too numerous to mention individually, but of special note are Colin Nelson as Jeffrey and Judith Jones as Gladys Pugh. The bitchiness between Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hartgreaves came to a climax when Yvonne (Vida Nelson) mistakenly entered the most popular Bluecoat of the Year Competition and was serenaded by Barry (Tom Weston) by a parody rendition of It’s Only Make Believe that had the audience laughing at the apt and nasty lyrics.
The South American and Spanish cabaret shows featuring the Craplin Debonnaires wowed the audience with the colourful costumes, excellent singing and dancing. Audiences certainly tapped their feet and sang along to the well chosen songs from the 1950’s. The show ended with the full company lifting the rafters with High Hope, Get Happy and The Holiday Rock.
Altogether an excellent show.
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