LOSERVILLE

Date 13th July 2017
Society Llandudno Youth Music Theatre
Venue THEATRE COLWYN
Director Anne Davenport
Musical Director Catrin Wright: Philip M Jones
Choreographer Anne Davenport and Team

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

We were very much looking forward to viewing a new and relatively unknown musical at Theatr Colwyn and, once more, Llandudno Youth Music Theatre have created another fast moving success for themselves with this production of “Loserville”, co-written by members of the pop-rock bands Busted and Son of Dork.

Loserville is a pop rock high school musical set in 1970’s America when computers were only just emerging. Michael Dork, our hero, is a computer “nurd” dreaming of creating the first interface between different computers and creating a future career for himself. Michael, however, experiences continual setbacks until the arrival of the new girl at the school, Holly, herself dreaming of becoming the first female astronaut!

Mathew O’Hanlon Elms, in the role of Michael, is excellent throughout and his “team” of friends, Max Anglesea, as Lucas (the reluctant “Judas”), Pedr Davies, as Francis, and Daniel Bewsher, as Marvin, play the “geekie” group of Star Trek “Trekkies” very admirably.

A special mention for Kayleigh Bonner as the determined heroin, Holly, with several superb solo numbers and strong support in duets, and group numbers.

Once again, Sam Harvey, as Eddie Arch, the rich high school bully, demonstrates his versatility and talent as a young actor in the “bad guy” role, ably supported by Cameron Jones, as Wayne, James Hutin, as Huey, and Tesni Kerens as Eddie’s long suffering girlfriend, Lela.

What is so noticeable is the vocal strength of the group with superb musical numbers throughout a fun, foot tapping and lively non-stop show, with solos, duets, quartets and chorus numbers all delivered perfectly by an extremely strong cast.

LYMT continue to develop young local talent and, as they move into their 40th anniversary year, I am sure they will continue to discover and nurture young performers and move from strength to strength. We will all “Live Long and Prosper” if LYMT continue to provide us with such excellent live stage entertainment!