December 5th Nottingham Arts Theatre. Supporting all the above was a terrific mixed aged ensemble, whose enjoyment of what they were doing was obvious from the start. They performed with enthusiasm, great energy and panache. What a talented group! Amanda Hall's script was just so good that I was in danger of dying of Wow! This performance of Cinderella was brilliant from the start and featured a very talented all age cast, a beautifully crafted script, excellent special effects, very attractive costumes, a wonderful set and a breathtaking transformation scene, which brought gasps from many in the audience.
The whole cast were just perfect - great singing and acting, plus stunning choreography by Amy Rogers Gee, that was so well executed by everyone. The principal part of Cinderella was played beautifully by Lauren Stephenson, who has a great voice and really looked the part. She was adored by the love sick Buttons, played brilliantly by Sean Goodwin.
He worked the audience very well throughout the show and played the part in a very physical way. His grimaces and asides both physical and verbal were outstanding. Holding the whole show together was Laura Thurman, as the Fairy Godmother. Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time vivacious and humorous characterisation was loved by everyone.
I was very impressed Im Coming Home - Tony Christie - Time And Tears the way she and Sean worked with the children that were brought up on to the stage for the traditional singsong at the end. They were certainly ugly, delightfully over the top, very funny indeed and their dresses were magnificently gaudy. Oh yes they were! They acted their parts well and did a convincing job of thigh slapping!
Her production was also wonderful, allowing the whole cast to excel in whatever parts they had. Amada obviously demanded a high standard of performance and got it from this committed cast.
The staging was outstanding along with great lighting by Tom Mowat, and crystal clear sound by Rob Kettridge, who ensured that the music balance was perfect. The back stage crew, directed by the Stage Manager Amy Rogers Gee and her assistant Nigel Newton, made sure that scene changes were smooth and unobtrusive.
The set was bright and attractive - well done to the large team who worked on it. The singing was a joy to listen to and the Musical Director, Ray McLeod, is to be congratulated for all the work he had obviously done to ensure such high quality. The choice of songs was excellent and many were well known favourites that fitted very well into the script.
This was an absolutely brilliant show performed by a very talented cast of young and older performers. In fact this is one of the best amateur shows I have seen. If you only go to one pantomime this year I would suggest that you make it this one. Derby Theatre Production. There was enthusiastic applause at the end of the performance. I enjoyed the Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time and appreciated the talented cast River Of Teardrops - Monroeville - CanT Put Me Out their ability to act, sing, dance and play a variety of musical instruments.
The staging of the show was excellent and the use of the theatre's flying features and deep stage enhanced the production. The lighting and sound were good. It is important to remember that this is not a pantomime but a retelling of the story based on the fairy tale of the Grimm Brothers. It is therefore not suitable for young children who may find understanding what is going on difficult.
There are some young performers in the cast who were very good. Seeing the story from the rats point of view is interesting and I felt it worked well. I liked most of the music and songs which were of varied styles. This was very much an ensemble production in which everyone was important. However, I must mention in particular Trust Me - P.V.A.* - You Have A Right To Die! Sears who played Cinderella.
What a great performer with a lovely and powerful voice. The play was directed by the theatre's creative director, Sarah Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time and was written by Mike Kenny. The songs which were very tuneful were composed by Ivan Stott who was all responsible for the excellent sound design. Chichester Festival Production National Tour. Mack and Mabel. Theatre Royal, Nottingham.
November 24th Mack and Mabel ended with a full theatre standing ovation which said it all. This was a great show with a superb cast and some extremely effective scenery and props. As I said in the interval Michael Ball and.
Rebecca LeChance in the title rolls were excellent and very well cast. The all singing, all dancing ensemble was brilliant and very hard working. The fifteen piece orchestra accompanied the soloists and chorus well and sounded great. The exciting choreography by Stephen Mear was brilliantly executed by the whole cast. I was also very impressed by the excellent work of a well Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time stage crew.
This production originated Lunar - Cerulean - This Level, Earth The Chichester Festival and was directed by the Festival's artistic director, Jonathan Church. His creative ability was there to see throughout the show and incidentally he trained as Assistant Director at the Nottingham and Derby Playhouses.
Overall this has been a great night at the Theatre Royal and I hope my first viewing of this lovely show will not be my last. The music of Jerry Herman who also wrote my favourite, Hello Dolly is blissful with what I like, great tunes. I would certainly say Offend In Every Way - The White Stripes - White Blood Cells reservation go and see this show if you can catch it during the national tour.
Fourblokes Theatre Company. All My Sons. The Guildhall Theatre, Derby. Friday November 20th A popular play, it was adapted for film twice and is based on a true story which Miller's mother read to him one day from an Whisky Trail - Dies Irae newspaper. Joe is a successful, self-made businessman, a loving family man and a pillar of the community.
He is a partner in a machine shop, building fighter plane parts. All My Sons is a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. All the performances were brilliant and the direction was outstanding. Four Blokes have done it again - produced a play which was of a very high standard indeed. The excellent set was imaginative and well constructed, entirely suitable for the era of the play and well used by the cast. Lighting and sound were excellent.
The costumes and hairstyles were very authentic as were the props, organised by Marie Stone. I was also very impressed by the Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time effects and use of suitable incidental music to create different atmospheres during the performance.
All my sons is a powerful drama and the cast rose to the occasion, giving us emotionally taut, gripping and nuanced performances with excellent diction and projection.
The audience were rapt and fully engaged throughout. Well done to the Director, Barry Taylor, his very talented cast and the production team. This production has confirmed what I guess we knew, that Four Blokes is one of the leading drama companies in this area and I suspect, way beyond. Do go and see the play if you can at 2pm and 7. Streetlight Theatre Arts. American Idiot. Derby Theatre. Thursday November 5th It was good to be back at Derby Theatre after a short break and what a great way to return: to see Street Light Theatre Arts set the stage alight with noise, colour, excitement, great movement and dance in their final production, American Idiot.
Johnny and Tunny escape from a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions, while Will stays home to work out his Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather. The runaway pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war.
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Jimmy played powerfully by Oliver Wheedon, and has a relationship and experiences lost love. More follows but you need to come and see that for yourself!
The show opened with the dramatic number, American Idiot, which sets the scene for the show. This was one of the most dramatic and exciting starts to a show I have seen for a long time. It was obvious from this point that this was going to be an exciting production. It continued so throughout and praise must go to the Director, Matt Powell and his production team, for a Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time that moved with thrilling pace and left the cast and the audience breathless at the end.
His tight direction, aided by the choreographer, Charlotte Richo, enabled all the cast to be involved throughout. Sometimes it was difficult to know where to look on the stage, as there was always something happening, which added to the excitement. It was obvious throughout that the cast were thoroughly enjoying all they were doing. The excellent Milly Molly Mandy - Chatton* - Playing For Time piece band was on the stage and were not too dominant over the singers for most of the time.
The Musical Director, Dave Adey, had obviously worked hard with the cast to produce vocals of such a high standard.