Fashion Academy -The Musical

Date 31st August 2018
Society Fylde Coast Youth Theatre
Venue The Lowther Pavilion
Type of Production Musical (Youth)
Director Debbie Parkinson
Musical Director NONE
Choreographer Shea Roberts

Report

Author: Eddie Regan

 

 

This was my first visit to this recently formed Company and I was very impressed by the whole Production.

This is the first U.K. Theatre Company to produce the show, based on the book “ Fashion Academy by Sheryl and Carrie Berk. Sabrina Chap is the Composer and Lyricist for this modern Pop/Rock Musical.

Debbie Parkinson, Principal of Fylde Coast Theatre Company is keen to bring new Productions to Theatre audiences.

The curtains opened to a simple but very effective set and we were soon left in no doubt that this was to be a fast paced, effervescent performance by all involved. I did feel that accompanying music, at times, was a little loud for the performers but this did nothing to mar the enjoyment of the evening.

The story revolves around students entering the Middle School Fashion Academy of Brooklyn where they are able to design and make outfits using their own imagination and creativity.

The cast worked so well together and there were no weak links. As the story unfolded, many current and controversial aspects of college life, not only in America but world wide, were highlighted. The influence of Social Media and Class Distinction were two threads running through the story and Debbie Parkinson as Producer/Director is to be congratulated on the high standard of acting and singing from every cast member. Projection and diction were both excellent. Choreography by Shea Roberts was innovative and imaginative and the cast were clearly very well rehearsed and disciplined.

This was also evident in the fast props and costume changes by cast and Crew-members. Well done to all the Matrons and other helpers backstage for ensuring the smooth running of the show. Lighting and Sound were first class. I was impressed with the way the young cast dealt with the “ piped” music. Not always easy .

Musical numbers were well rehearsed and performed and I enjoyed the incidental music as necessary props were changed. Costumes and make-up were well researched and appropriate for the period.

There were some very strong individual performances.  Maisie Brook as Mickey was convincing, as she coped with the demands of peer pressure to change her views yet remained true to her own self.  Cat Pallant as Aunt Olive showed good comic timing whilst Jessica Gibbons as the snobbish, elegant, self-centred Jade Lee was an outstanding characterization.

Sebastian Price as J.C. gave an excellent interpretation of the role. His acting and vocals were first class and Jack Scholes as Mr Stitchman was delightful, holding the stage at every appearance. I shall look forward to following the progress of these young men in the future as I believe they both have a natural talent for the stage.

My congratulations to all the Production Team and Cast

I really enjoyed my first visit to this Company and I look forward to their next Production.