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Rock Nativity Will Provide Cash Church Repairs

Haverhill Echo, January 24, 2002

Go Go Gabriel

Go Go Gabriel cast [Credit Haverhill Echo]

Rock n roll ballads and even rap were just some of the diverse range of musical styles evident during a sparlking performance Of Go, Go Gabriel in Wickhambrook on Saturday.

Staging a rock nativity as it has been dubbed by creators Andy Salisbury and Jim Fieldsend, was quite a change for the village.

For many years pantomime has aIways been the traditional choice but the decision to break away from the norm was vindicated with an engaging matinee performance.

The nativity story was told in 25 scenes with original songs used to narrate the action in each.

Ten year old Henry Lengyel who played Gabriel, was not only word perfect but sounded fantastic. This young man is certainly one to watch out for.

Mary, played by Sarah Wall, and Joe, played by Nick Wall were also on top form.

Sarah's voice in particular seemed well suited to the acoustics of All Saints' Church whether she was singing the beautiful Bethlehem lullaby or the more upbeat How Do I Tell Joe?

Credit is also due to 15 year old Heidi Stubbings, who was one of Gage's Angels but also choreographer.

Routines were fresh and energetic and carried out with enthusiasm particularly by fellow angels Beth Mayhew, Christine Bye, Hannah Salisbury, Harriet Thomas and Lauren Salisbury.

All of the cast performed extremely well to give the audience a real treat and because there was no scenery to speak of and not much in the way of costume the focus was on the performance and the music.

Although I felt the Instrumental score by Andy was fantastic, more could have been made of the vocal arrangement.

Lyrics by Jim, were easily understandable and told the story but also had humour which helped the audience, who were very cold In the old church, interested.

The cast began rehearsals in October, but at the last minute things looked doubtful as financial backing from the Wickhambrook Players was withdrawn a week before Christmas.

A show must go on attitude was adopted and proved the-right choice as Go, Go Gabriel looks set to be a hit.

Performances take place tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday.

Money raised will be to help with the £250,000 restoration of the church.

Last Modified Saturday 09 June 2012