16th May 2015
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall
Type of Production
Author: Paul Douglass
~~I really don’t know where to start reviewing this production. It was spectacular and energetic from start to its five minute standing ovation at the end. Ben Field’s production was so spot on, nothing was left to chance. The characters were really brought to life and it was clear by the performances that all of the company had put every bit of energy they had into their roles. The songs were excellent thanks to Musical Director Tim Harding and the band. Leigh-Ann James’s choreography was superb and a joy to watch.
Frances Corbett as Tracy Turnblad led the company from the front playing this great character. Her family was completed by Bob Atkins as Wilbur and the excellent Michael Grant as Edna. These two characters gave us a great duet with ‘Your Timeless to me’. Penny Pingleton was played well by Rebecca Perry and her religious Mother was played by Shirley Gladwin, a great part to play. Dane Fox shone as Seaweed as did Stephen Blower as Corny Collins. Tracy’s love interest Link Larkin (Ed Mears) Supported well. Jennifer Mears and Kayleigh Murray as Mother and daughter Velma and Amber Von Tussle were a joy.
One person who just blew me away was Leigh-Ann James as Motormouth Maybelle. Not only taking on this role but she was also choreographer. Her performance was outstanding and that voice!
I also must mention Ann Dempsey who played the Matron. Comic genius.
Costumes were good and stood out and the set was well used. All credit to Katy Crudgington and all the stage crew. So slick.
All I can finish with is if you missed this production you missed a real treat