The sound of popular wartime melodies from WW1 and WW2 filled the theatre last night when we joined the full house at Expressions Theatre. The Upper Hutt Musical Theatre performed their show “We’ll Meet Again” and it was just in time for the Anzac weekend. The cast of 30 sang and danced their way around the stage, with many of the audience joining in the songs.
Saying goodbye, training camps, letters from home and life in the trenches all had their musical interludes. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in tears when the very poignant song “Coming Home on a Wing and a Prayer” was performed. There were lighter moments too, such as skits from the Camp Concerts. All the old favourite songs were sung, White Cliffs of Dover, Wish me Luck, This is the Army and Hanging out the Washing on the Siegfried Line.
The sound of tap shoes clicked and clacked across the stage – we don’t see this sort of dance very often these days. Later in the evening these same dancers performed a very energetic jitterbug. The cast appeared in military uniforms, including a rather motley Dad’s Army character, then changed into civvies, evening dress, dressed as nurses, factory girls, even the American Marines were there. The crowd just loved their dance routine performed to the music of St Louis Blues. Off came the caps, the gloves and ties, then one of them unbuttoned his shirt while he danced around. They must have had a lot of fun while they rehearses this routine. The local flavour was not forgotten, with Maori Battalion and We are the Boys from way Down Under getting very enthusiastic applause. These amateur performers put their hearts and souls into the show and the crowd just loved them for it.
For clip to see how the real Marines Drill watch this Clip.