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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 6. June 3rd, 1948

The Laurels

The Laurels

The most pleasing feature of the whole show was undoubtably the singing. The words of the choruses could actually be heard and the audience laughed at words used in the choruses. This itself is a great achievement and much credit must go to the cast and producers for the painstaking work such an effect must have required.

The Hells Belles handled their choral work well and danced, to a degree with accuracy but I still ride my favourite hobby horse that doubtful lines should not be given to university women, if they put them across it sounds unpleasant, but in most cases they can't put them across.

The Brownies certainty supplied the liveliest, if somewhat undisciplined, fun of the evening. They so obviously enjoyed the parts themselves that the audience enjoyed their enjoyment as much as their act. Robert McNicol's mistimed jumps were a stroke of genius.

The two best single performances were undoubtedly those of Geoff "Graveside" and Arch Barclay. Both had pleasant singing and speaking voices, the former (I prefer to use "former" names are so uncertain these days) had perhaps the better stage presence.

Jeff Stewart's tunes were bright and appropriate. I found "Oh What a Jubilant Peater" particularly attractive but felt that "I am a Spy" was perhaps the best original tune of the show but suffered from the fact that the atmosphere was not appropriate at the time it was introduced.