-by Phil Rossner
Earlier this week, I was invited to the final dress rehearsal of Sooke Harbour Players’ presentation of The Who’s rock opera TOMMY, which opens to the public tonight at the EMCS theatre.
Having grown up with The Who’s music and having been in attendance for a concert by the band in the 70’s, (which included original members Keith Moon and John Entwhistle – both now departed), I was interested to see how well the band’s dynamic and powerful rock opera could be reproduced by our local theatrical troupe.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]I was not disappointed! The presentation follows the theme of the original Broadway production, albeit with a live band that really rocks! I was pleased to see that there is also the inclusion of a French horn in the band, an instrument that was played in the original soundtrack by Who bassist John Entwhistle.
The work and time that has gone into putting this production together is extraordinary, but the payoff is that the show is slick, engaging, inventive and totally satisfying. The cast and crew do an amazing job. The lead – Tommy – is a powerful and engaging vocalist and the band does an admirable job of rocking out!
So… See it! Feel it! You won’t be disappointed! Pete Townshend would no doubt be proud!
- November 6 – 21, EMCS Theatre, Sooke, BC
- Tickets: Shoppers Drug Mart, The Stick in the Mud and the EMCS Program Office.
Note: Some people interchange the title of this rock opera as either The Who’s Tommy, or Pinball Wizard, since pinball gaming is so much a part of the Tommy story, so it’s appropriate to have pinball machines installed in the lobby of EMCS during the show. As part of the promotion of the show a Pinball Tournament is being held on Sunday, November 8 from 2pm-5pm, EMCS. $5 donation! Should be a lot of fun!
Those interested should contact Mike Kelley in advance to get on the sign-up sheet, but they can also just show up at the school to watch or participate. Mike’s e-mail: email@example.com