THE outdoor auditorium of Mijas saw yesterday (June 13) a major production put together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fuengirola’s English speaking theatre Salon Varietes.
Hosted by Johnny G and Alexandra Avery, the show gathered approximately 90 actors on stage, who performed all-time hits from legendary musicals such as Oklahoma, Hairspray and Grease, under the direction of John Gale.
Young and old, the group of performers of all ages and backgrounds displayed a wish to make the audience enjoy themselves, as they reminisced singing along to songs like Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner and other old time music hall hits.
Costa del Sol sensation Johnny G paid tribute to Bruno Mars with a rendition of Uptown Funk, while top class entertainer Ricky Lavazza took on the big responsibility of paying homage to legend Freddie Mercury, singing I want to break free. Not only did their performances do justice, but excelled with superior talent.
The production was the brainchild of Valerie Williams, president of the Friends of the Theatre (FOTA) association, a social group of theatre goers who carry out fund raising events to help the Salon. By the end of the night, the hosts announced that the show had made history, as it was the biggest fundraising event ever held in terms of money and participation.
The humongous production was only possible with the dozens of staff members and volunteers who worked behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly.
The final piece, At The End Of The Day from ‘Les Miserables’ left the audience amazed with passionate performances and the entire cast onstage, ending with a standing ovation.
A magical night brought by the casts of this and past seasons’ musicals, quality entertainment for the Costa del Sol expats and visitors which will be coming back after the summer’s hiatus by the end of August.
Thank you for the music and happy anniversary from the EWN team!