Firstly, I must make mention of the 3 leading ladies all of whom were outstanding. Michelle Worthington as Violet Newstead commanded the stage with an air of confidence and gave a truly fantastic performance. Jo Smith as Doralee Rhodes, the role famously played by Dolly Parton herself, was every inch the bubbly, kind-hearted country girl and delivered on every level. Lastly, Rachel Richards as Judy Bernly was quite frankly astonishing. She was able to bring an extremely polished performance with great comedic qualities and with a vocal that could quite easily be transported onto a professional stage. Her rendition of ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ was simply beautiful, performed with all the emotion needed.
Our protagonists have to deal with probably one of the worst bosses known to man in the shape of Franklin Hart Jr. Played by James Gordanifar, this role is a treat for any performer with plenty of humour and thankfully Gordanifar was certainly the man for the job. An extremely strong performance on all levels, with a fantastic vocal and acting ability. Bringing more comedic relief came in the shape of Franklin Hart Jr’s ever faithful assistant Roz Keith played by Beth Hunt. Another polished performance with a strong vocal and fantastic stage presence.