12th May 2018
Sawston Youth Drama
The Marven Centre, Sawston, Cambridge
Type of Production
Author: Decia Ranger
I was very much looking forward to seeing this musical which was new to me. Having done a bit of research before leaving home I could see that this show with its rock/pop score was just perfect for this group of young people. Loserville is set in America in the early 70’s when computers are still a mystery to most folk and electronic mail a thing of the future.
There were good performances from all the principals. Zac Searle as Michael Dork, a computer geek who is intent on changing the world by developing the means to enable computers to ‘talk’ to each other, Angus Mayo as Lucas Lloyd who is writing a book which he wants to call Star Wars and Jonah O’Sullivan who gave a strong, mature performance as Eddie Arch.
Holly Manson dreams of being an astronaut and helps Michael in his quest to change the world. Josie Rainsford tackled this role with confidence and maturity and her solos were beautifully sung.
All the other performers played their parts well and were obviously enjoying being part of the production. Without wishing to detract from anyone else’s performances in any way, I feel I must give a mention to Arnaud Le Novere who played Huey Phillips. This young man is such a natural mover on stage. I have of course seen him before and I think he’s one to watch.
Well done to all the cast on their excellent singing, including some lovely harmonies from the chorus. Congratulations to the creative team for bringing out the best in these young performers.
Costumes were excellent. Well done to the ladies of the wardrobe department for taking on the challenge of dressing this large cast.
The scenery was well thought out and set changes were slick, as is always the case with this Society.
Another successfully production for SYD Juniors.
Thank you for inviting me.