Hands clapping, feet stomping, arms waving.
That was the atmosphere when the Beatlemania Stage Show performed at the Barnstable High School Auditorium on Friday night. The audience sang along with the revolutionary evolution of Beatles songs spanning the decades from 1964 where All My Loving was given by the audience to the 1968 crowd moving Twist and Shout. The superlative performances of the band made everyone think it was a new British invasion.
With clothing ranging from dark suits worn on Ed Sullivan to Sgt. Pepper’s uniforms and flowing bell-bottoms with tees these showmen were able to get the audience into their life while taking them on a Yellow Submarine Ride and delivered them Back in the USSR for during this brief trip down memory lane.
The show was enhanced by syncopated strobe lighting and a silky smooth dynamic sound thanks to the BHS accoutists. Everyone felt they had lived 8 days this week reminded of yesterday through the comical antics, accurate interpretations of John, Paul, Ringo, and George, along with spot-on vocals and accompaniment.
These moptop songsters took each viewer down a long and winding road of nostalgia and spanned the generations by having the Barnstable High School students join them with vocals and instruments. The BHS Strings showed their precision performance style with soulful sounds and rhythm. The Barnstable band members helped raise the roof with a bit of brass bringing bright sounds to the stage. And the BHS vocals blended beautifully with the Fab Four reminding the audience these young people could be the next successful songsters with their superbly choreographed and performed renditions of Beatles music.
The Beatlemania Stage Show was well worth the price of admission and it was a joy to be rewarded for contributing to the Keep Music Education Alive so Barnstable High School can continue to give and grow the music program for students.