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Cheered by Eclipse

"At the end of a depressing week Mid Sussex company Eclipse cheered up Burgess Hill audiences with Encore 2001, a show comprised of numbers from musicals, mostly American, and dedicated to absent friends. The six performers accompanied by the accomplished Michael Hinton, were equally polished, a credit to their respective director and vocal coach, Barry and Rebecca Dowden.

David Villiers proved a relaxed compere and from the opening No Business like Showbusiness until the 'Tell Me It's Not True' Blood Brothers climax, the evening had an engaging, seamless quality.

On the dramatic side, Dominic Watson was firmly in character with an intense account of Stars from Les Miserables. In the second half he brought similar burning conviction to the vocally challenging 'This Is The Moment' from Jekyll and Hyde.

Natalie Langston got to the heart of dramatic numbers from Martin Guerre, Song and Dance and Cabaret. A big belter with subtle changes of key, her big moment was 'Maybe This Time'.

Samantha Childs and Kelly Webb were happily contrasted. The former all peaches and cream in 'Once You Lose Your Heart', and total commitment in the Jekyll and Hyde selection when she was well partnered by Dominic in the duet. Kelly was expressive in the funny and nostalgic 'Usherette's Blues' and the rousing spirits of 'Oom Pah Pah' from Oliver!

Tim Boryer was suitably suave, especially with 'On the Street Where You Live'. And the compere was at his comic best in 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' and 'Mr Cellophane', the big comic spot from Chicago. He adroitly made the switch to Barnum for a touching rendition of 'The Colours of My Life'."

Mid Sussex Times review