High School Musical (Junior Version)

Date 15th November 2018
Society Cupar Youth Musical Theatre
Venue Corn Exchange, Cupar
Type of Production Musical
Director Jude Vandecasteele
Musical Director Emily Middleton
Choreographer Rachel McNicol


Author: Mike Pendlowski

Like the adult society in Cupar, Cupar Youth always deliver.  This year found the Company losing some of their more experienced members, however, these have been replaced with younger blood, who are obviously keen and enthusiastic to make their mark on the musical scene.

High School Musical is described by it’s authors as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and, I suppose, this likeness can be found at times within the show.

Troy (Josh Sinclair) and Gabriella (Rosie Jeffrey) were a well matched pairing who worked confidently together. Sharpay (Abbie Cook) carried off her perceived superior attitude extremely well and together with Ryan (Shane Franks) carried off their duet “What I’ve been Looking For” with consummate ease. Ms Darbus (Islay McParland) is, arguably the “character” in this musical, and tonight, Islay didn’t disappoint, managing to bring out every ounce of humour in the part and it’s timing.

The leading principals were suitably aided by a “chorus” of minor named characters, all of whom brought their own style and character to the show. Several cast members, with suitable encouragement, will, I am certain, progress to more demanding roles within Cupar Youth, and eventually to the adult Company.

Well done to Jude Vandecasteele for directing a performance that held together well. Choreographer Rachel McNicol kept the cast moving well, bearing in mind the tight confines of the Corn Exchange stage. Finally, praise must go to Musical Director, Emily Middleton, who ran a tight ship musically!

Well done Cupar Youth, and many thanks for the invite.