15th December 2017
St Annes Parish Centre
Type of Production
Author: Eddie Regan
This New Company had certainly chosen an interesting show to present, as their first big Production, based on the New Line Cinema Film written by David Berenbaum from the book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Audience was completely gripped from the opening scene.
Father Christmas was on stage as we entered the hall and several children had their photograph taken with him. This set the scene as the curtain opened. Rowan Keane as Buddy The Elf gave an outstanding performance. His enthusiasm and energy were abundant and he breezed through the production showing stagecraft and great comic timing in this pivotal role.
The whole cast showed commitment and enthusiasm as the story unfolded, some actors playing a variety of roles. Lauren O’Dea had choreographed the piece and produced some innovative numbers. Chris Campbell, Director and Chris Higgins, Musical Director had obviously worked long and hard, bringing all age-groups together and must have been pleased with the end result. Congratulations must go to Emily Till for her design and painting of the set and to lighting and sound crew for some great effects. Some first night hiccups with microphones, were minimized, by the young cast. Costumes were excellent and it was obvious those on stage loved wearing them.
It is often difficult to ensure that all cast members are available for their many entrances and backstage chaperones and helpers did a superb job in contributing to a very enjoyable evening.
The “Snow Effect” at the finale was excellent and the audience left in great spirits. Well done to all concerned. I look forward to further visits to this talented company.