Copacabana

Date 17th January 2013
Society Musicality Academy of Performing Arts
Venue Taliesin Arts Centre
Director Amanda Murphy
Musical Director Eleri Thomas
Choreographer Abigail Evans

Report

Author: Luke Spencer

It was great to see such a good audience on the opening night of Copacabana and this enabled the talented company to come out on stage with even more enthusiasm and vigour. The set was lovely and worked well for all scenes throughout the performance. The lighting was effective and this enhanced the ambience of the show.
Special mention must firstly go to the ensemble who were excellent when on stage and kept focused at all times. All too often an ensemble can bring a show down due to the fact that they forget they are living a different life on stage but this company kept that illusion throughout.
There were some beautiful performances but worthy of particular mention are: Stephanie Budski who was a fabulous Gladys and characterised this feisty but caring woman perfectly, Geraint Morgan with a lovely portrayal of Tony with just the right blend of nerdy awkwardness and dashing hero in the character. Zoe Morgan gave a strong performance as Lola with great vocals and fabulous stage presence, David Davies-Ribinicov as Rico and Alexander Murphy as Sam gave lovely performances with an obvious embracing of their respective characters. I was delighted by the performance given by Emily Merchant as Conchita who captured this woman perfectly in performance, I was reminded of a young Chita Rivera at times with beautiful movement and command of the stage.
I was thoroughly entertained throughout the show and must congratulate the entire cast. Well done and I look forward to your next production.