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High Society, Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, Theatre Royal, Tuesday

This production of musical comedy High Society opened with a flourish at the Theatre Royal on Tuesday.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the plot centres on pretentious socialite Tracy, who is planning her wedding when ex-husband Dexter arrives to cause mayhem.

Sumptuous costumes, stylish set and a tight band set the scene for musical numbers including Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Love Forever True.

Polly Pateman shone as the bright and mischievous Dinah, Mel Barnes gave a fantastic performance as the lush and lecherous Uncle Willie, while Alec Taylor was a suave and polished Dexter.

Katie Woodhouse was at home in her role as Tracy, making mischief with the undercover reporters (Catherine Dale and Jamie Maguire) spying on the wedding preparations. Although I'm not sure how effective they were at their 'undercover' operations given they were openly walking around with a camera and notebook, their characters were the perfect foil for many comedic moments.

But for me, the maids and butlers stole the show. In the background throughout, their reactions to the events happening around them were priceless, while clever and subtle choreography portrayed their role in society perfectly.

First night nerves had dissipated by the opening of the second act, with the pace picking up for the riotous all-night party and ensuing wedding.

The show runs until Saturday, with tickets still available at www.theatreroyal.org

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