|Date||4th September 2014|
|Society||Backstreet Theatre Company|
|Venue||Prince of Wales Theatre Cannock|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Gladstone Wilson|
Author: Brian Hirst
This musical was energetic and fast paced from the start thanks to Michele Windsor’s direction and choreography. I was exhausted just watching the cast!
The first act jumps between flashbacks and real time quite a lot with some 21 scenes whereas Act 2 has a better flow. This is not a reflection on this production as the stage crew managed the changes extremely well. They were well supported in this by some effective lighting and musical linking from the band.
Matt Pettifor was outstanding in the role of Joe Casey and he was well matched by Phoebe Ellabani as his girlfriend Sarah. Costume changes for Matt, in particular, must have been a logistical nightmare. Paul Lycett was excellent in the difficult linking role of Joe’s deceased dad. There was first class support from Callum Lerigo and Matt Trembling as Joe’s pals Emmo and Lewis and also from Sanj Choongh and Katie Rowley as Sarah’s friends Agie and Billie. Craig Smart also impressed as Reecey. Gayle Allen, Jo Goulding, Mel Ray and Diane Whylie also gave convincing performances as Kath, Julie, Mr Pressman and Mrs Pressman. Several cast members too numerous to mention made contributions to the story.
The singing throughout was confident and strong from both principals and chorus with good harmony singing from both.
Michele’s choreography was imaginative with some impressive routines well executed by the large cast.
This society likes a challenge and they certainly rise to the occasion. Well done to everyone involved!