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Miss Saigon - School Edition TEMPO

Date

16th March 2013

Society

TEMPO

Venue

Evans Theatre Wilmslow

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Adam Whittle

Musical Director

Simon Murray

Choreographer

Jane Wood

Report

Author: Michael Jones-McCaw

Tempo tackled this project with such talent and maturity far beyond their years, all pulled together by Director Adam Whittle.

The Heat is on in Saigon set the standard for the show introducing the essential characters. The Engineer played by Dom Sutton was perfectly cast, oozing stage presence and producing a performance that was filled with energy, yet capturing the tensions in his selfish life.  Dom is certainly a talent to watch out for in the future.

Ben Ryan as Chris gave a mature performance with strong vocals and a great ‘on stage’ relationship with Kim and also best friend John played by Will Poyser who did a fine job.

Without a doubt the most poignant performance for me, came from Hannah Lawson who played Kim. Her vocals were crystal clear and she seemed to really get under the skin of the character, portraying the complexity and emotional turmoil wonderfully. As the story progressed her wonderful voice seemed to transform giving a real sense of courage of a woman taking control of her destiny.  An outstanding performance; I am certain that we will be seeing more of Hannah in future performances.

Jennifer Kent as Ellen also stepped up to the mark in bringing about the emotion and depth needed to deliver Ellen’s character and indeed the confusion over Chris’s past.

Ikaro Gittins as relentless Thuy portrayed his character with real understanding and commanded his scenes well.

Caitlin Goman as Gigi wasn’t on stage long enough for me – Movie in My Mind was quite stunning and emotionally intense drawing together the themes of love, dreams and loss, which essentially pull the story together.

The set worked a treat with some fantastic lighting and effects - the helicopter was particularly impressive and timed brilliantly.

Uber talented Simon Murray provided his professional touch in the music department with a team of musicians who delivered a stunning sound, creating something quite special along with the cast.

The choreography by Jane Wood was sassy and energetic and executed brilliantly by the whole company.

From beginning to end the whole production flowed with pace and strength and was entertaining and inspiring. The way TEMPO presented themselves both on stage and off was just remarkable and so encouraging for the future of amateur theatre. Congratulations guys – you should be very proud of yourselves.