Date 27th June 2019
Society Centre Stage Theatre Arts
Venue Derby Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Kyle Lamley
Musical Director Nigel Taylor
Choreographer Natalie Bethel, Sophie Shapcott
Producer Lucy Cadney


Author: Keith Scott-Savage

Using the stage area to the limit, accompanied by a very good set, this was a well created and excellently choreographed show.  Supported by an excellent band, the energy and enthusiasm of the youngsters shone through, capped by some super performances.

Marcus King gave his all in a very commendable performance as Ren McCormack, and Natasha Neale gave a feisty portrayal as Ariel, the rebellious daughter of the local church minister.  Shaw, played by Isaac Levitt,  embodied the essence of a strong willed churchman, and his performance both in singing and acting was exceptional.  The  duet,  `Can You Find it in Your Heart`, with Nicole Lamont, played movingly as his wife Vi, was memorable.  Ben Hale as the wacky country hick Willard, gave  yet another admirable display, certainly an emerging talent.  Hannah Riley as Rusty,  complimented Willard with an outstanding role, using her superb vocals to great effect.  Other parts of note were played by Charlotte Crane as Ethel, sympathetic as Ren`s mother, and Dan Evans as Chuck, convincing as the bullying bad boy of the town.

The dance routines throughout were top drawer and the whole company threw themselves into the fray with great energy and verve.

A very good evening`s entertainment.