Alice the Musical
|Date||4th February 2016|
|Society||Hereford Musical Theatre Company|
|Venue||The Tomkins Theatre|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Jenni Axtell|
|Choreographer||Becky Purvin, Vickie Beddoes|
Author: Louise Hickey MBE
Alice the Musical was delightful. I attended on the opening night and so was expecting perhaps a slight wobble. This definitely was not the case; it was a very polished and professional performance from a large cast of talented youth members. I can only imagine how good it would have been by the last night. Everything about this production was lovely; the costumes were colourful and just right for the characters and the set creative.
The use of ultra violet lighting was really effective, even in a theatre which could never go completely dark, just by the use of white gloves; I loved it. As usual Jenni Axtell’s musical direction was outstanding and the youth group came across superbly with fantastic vocals and clear diction. The round in the ‘caucus race’, I particularly liked and the song ‘who are you’ was not only well sung but was visually great.
The overall direction was excellent and Nicky Willetts did a fantastic job. I thought that the Mad Hatter, Dormouse and March Hare scene was wonderful. The youth group are so disciplined but you can tell they love being part of this group. Their combined voices were lovely and Meg Reid as Alice was the obvious choice both in looks and mannerisms and did a great job.
In addition to Meg the highlights of the evening for me came from Riley Gummerson as the Frog Footman, Sophie Cash as the Queen, Jake Dixon as the March Hare and Beth Price as the Mock Turtle. This by no means undermines the efforts of everyone else as they were all brilliant.
It was a nice touch to add the words for the Croquet song on the programme for the audience to participate in. I had a really lovely evening and this was definitely a ‘feel good’ show; well done HMTC Youth Group.