Oamaru Repertory Society's show This 'n' That Music in Melodrama provided the right amount of humour, singing, drama and material to tie in nicely with the Victorian Heritage celebrations.
There was no need for a large amount of props - the costumes and performances were enough.
Young performers Ryan Algar and Tess Hazelhurst stole the stage with their connection with the audience and ability to stay in character. Algar is going to be a performer to keep an eye on. He could go far.
The audience interaction was fantastic - especially when a sign was raised encouraging the audience to 'Hooray' for a young and sweet character called Maria, and then another saying both 'Boo' and 'Hiss' when the evil character William walked on to the stage.
I would have liked to have seen more dialogue from the actors themselves, but in saying that, there was not one singer who fell short of their performance.
The songs ranged from those about love, comradeship and stealing.
Oamaru Repertory Society's show This 'n' That Music in Melodrama started on Saturday and ends on Sunday, November 18.