Southern Light Opera tackle this with a huge cast. The principals all have lovely voices and particular mention must go to Colin Povey who plays Charlie Cameron. His tenor voice effortlessly delivered ‘I’ll go Home with Bonnie Jean’ and ‘Come to Me, Bend to Me’. Other familiar songs were ‘The Heather on the Hill’ and ‘Almost Like being in Love’ both sung by Tommy and Fiona. The principals’ voices were amplified and we could hear every word. However the chorus didn’t have the volume or impact that the large cast should have delivered. Jean (Donna Ewing) and Fiona (Kat Angus) sang well as did Judith Barron who plays Meg Brockie with spirit and humour. The story packs in a wedding (and they sing of another), a murder, a funeral, pipers, dancers, a chase scene; far too much to go into detail here.
Inevitably Tommy and Fiona fall in love and the Dominie explains to Tommy that none of the villagers can leave Brigadoon or the village will disappear for ever. However if a stranger loves someone from Brigadoon enough, they can stay in the village. Tommy is tempted to stay and marry Fiona but Jeff persuades him to return to New York. Four months later Tommy and Jeff are in a bar in New York awaiting the arrival of Tommy’s fiancée. (Peter Tomassi playing the drunk Jeff brilliantly). When she arrives, everything she says triggers a memory of Fiona and Brigadoon for Tommy and the memory scenes are well done. Tommy breaks off the engagement and returns to Scotland where as if by magic (pun intended) Brigadoon appears again and he is reunited with Fiona to live happily ever after.
The company produced an entertaining evening, with all the cheesiness we expect of Brigadoon.