Elfmas

Date 25th November 2018
Society Driffield Musical Theatre
Venue Driffield Community Centre
Type of Production Musical
Director Erik Jensen and Mo Kinnes
Musical Director Mo Kinnes
Choreographer Mo Kinnes

Report

Author: Tony Harris

Christmas presents, wrapped by Elves in the packing department of the North Pole, was the theme for this new show written by members of the society.  With the head Elf keeping an eye on children through the help of scout elves reporting on elf pads a nice list is drawn up for presents each year.  These elves focussed on three orphans, one of whom didn’t believe in Christmas.

The atmosphere in the hall when we arrived was one of excitement with the anticipation of the great day and the many children in the audience proceeded to really enjoy what was on offer from a hard working cast, which was slightly larger than their last show.

Utilising backing tracks I was pleased that the musical numbers were a mix of new and not so new songs mainly from musical theatre and films including The Greatest Showman, Joseph, Hairspray and Shrek.  Another positive aspect was that the children knew most of them!

At times the pace of the production dragged a bit and it may have helped if some of the musical numbers had been shorter.  The main characters were miked up but, on occasions, the sound levels varied meaning that we lost some of the dialogue and I felt that better projection was required.

However the cast sang well and the choreography was enjoyable.  I thought that the costumes were bright and excellent.  The cast, backstage and technical crew made the very best of what are relatively limited resources at the hall and it’s no easy task when they have very little time to set up prior to each performance.

Well done everyone!