Peter Pan

Date 23rd February 2017
Society Stage One 2000 Musical Youth Theatre
Venue Harrison Hall
Type of Production Musical Play
Director Brenda Davies
Musical Director Sian James
Choreographer Alison Bentley-Jones

Report

Author: Budge Grounsell

This years saw Stage1 in a new venue with less facilities than they enjoyed at their previous habitat but did nothing to lessen the effectiveness of the  production.

This youth group run by a very effective  backstage team  and populated by a host of talented youngsters continually bring pleasure to their audience.

The fact they have been nominated and have won  many NODA awards is a testimony To the hard work of all concerned and  I am sure it will ensure a successful future for this group.

Peter Pan is not the easiest show to stage with the implications of flying which will usually only be seen in large theatres and often only by Professional Companies. Director Brenda Davies got round this difficulty very well as well in every aspect of handling a well disciplined  cast of young people whose ages varied from  very young to teenagers.. The Musical side was in the more than capable hands of Sian James  and the  Choreography by Alison Bentley-Jones. This threesome make a formidable team. The costumes were as always of high quality and the scenery whilst simple, due to staging problems worked;

The cast was splendid, well disciplined as I mentioned before in all they did . I hesitate to mention names as all contribute both very young and  a little older..

Couple of things especially stand out; the hand movements of  “Tinkerbell” maintained throughout and the serio/comic characters of Captain Hook and his sidekick had much to be commended

Due I understand to sound difficulties it was difficult at times to hear some of the dialogue. I was sat at the back and  the sound at times did not carry. I cannot speak for the remaining two performances  but it would have been a shame if it could not be rectified.  Having said that, Stage 1 once again turned in a strong show  thanks to cast and backstage workers.  Well done to you all.