Rock of Ages

Date 2nd August 2018
Society Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre
Venue The Point Theatre
Director Will Ross-Jones
Musical Director Matt Lemon
Choreographer Lauren Bonthuys
Production Manager Mike Mullen

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Author: Mark Allen

Welcomed warmly to the theatre, I took my seat in anticipation at what was hopefully going to be a great evening. I was not to be disappointed.

Rock of Ages is based on the film of the same name and is full of great 1970s' and 1980s' AOR numbers. A fairly simple, but effective set was well used with all the various rock posters and paraphernalia that you would expect to find plastered around "The Bourbon Club" where the action takes place. Great choreography by Lauren with all the cast clad in rock tour tee shirts (well costumed by Carley Davies and Nikki Moorhouse, although I suspect that the AC/DC, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden T's may well have belonged to the cast), kicked the show off to a high octane start. They clearly were enjoying the experience of this show.

The set was well lit, Becky and Bob Starks, and went from dark to light with great effect along with the sound (special mention to Pob Wyeth here) in a theatre that is traditionally problematic to get right. The show ran at a great pace, diction fairly clear and intelligible and all at a good pace. Assured performances from the principals Morgan Dunn (Sherie), Patrick Grice (Drew), Amy Marsden (Justice) Jamie Reid (Dennis), Karesi Wright (Stacee) and Hamish Naylor (Lonny) meant that the story flowed, and we were more than able to keep up with the plot. A real talent pool for CPYT. I had been looking forward to this for a few months, its a favourite of mine and often that leads to disappointment, however I am very pleased to report that this was very much not the case, and a considerable improvement in all facets over "Priscilla". Well done CPYT, looking forward to "Wizard of Oz in February. Keep up the good work!