|Date||30th March 2019|
|Society||Felling Stage Society|
|Venue||Caedmon Hall Gateshead|
|Type of Production||Concert|
|Musical Director||Tom Render|
Author: Foster Johnson
I, along with a full house, had the privilege and joy to witness Felling Stage Society’s spring concert aptly titled “Musically Fragilistic”. Devised and directed by Bea Atkinson with excellent support from Musical Director Tom Render and Choreographer Katherine Willets it was aimed primarily to highlight and provide a stage for the talents of the younger members who had performed so well in last year’s production of Joseph.
With support from the Community Foundation oh my how these younger cast members took advantage of the opportunity to entertain with a performance that was full of verve, enthusiasm, and above all an obvious joy of musical theatre. The range of musical numbers for the group was testing to say the least but they stepped up and in particular their renditions of “Supercalifragilistic”, “Consider Yourself” “Radio Gaga” and “A Million Dreams” which as the Finale to the Show was super. This brought a tear or two to the eye of all present as they not only sang the number but “Signed “it in perfect unison. In this Spencer Whitlie and Emma Forster were excellent as the Principal singers.
Other stand out solo performances came from Lucy Trainer and Holly Skiggs with their interpretation of “Over the Rainbow” which was sang and danced to perfection as was Taeghan Gordon Erin Finlay and Holly’s rendition of “Castle in the Cloud” and the lovely “Dodgeresque” interpretation of Alfie Whitlie in Consider Yourself.
Not to be left in the shadows however the senior members of the cast also made their own mark on the show themselves with some sparkling numbers.. The pick of these were the “Blues Brothers” and ( using the term loosely) the “Boy Band” Medleys from Kev Rhodes, Michael Skoyles and Leon Gill, Claire Wharton’s “As Long As He Needs Me” Claire and Bea’s lovely version of “The Rose” and Michelle Coulson with “Feed the Birds”
Pulling this all together was M.C Stephen Stokoe who did a great job holding it all together.