The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the musical

Date 7th February 2014
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Tomkins Theatre
Type of Production Youth
Director Nicky Willett & Alison Bullock
Musical Director Jenni Axtell
Choreographer Becky Purvin

Report

Author: Louise Hickey MBE

I was very impressed by the way that the HMTC Youth Group handled the very difficult score. The music was so varied that it would be hard to put it into any one category, and yet the young cast managed admirably. Tom Bullock, Freya Robinson, Connor Taylor and Issy Bangham played Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy extremely well and I was delighted to see that their characters accurately depicted the era with their hair styles as well as their costumes, which immediately set the scene. The show opened with a lovely number powerfully sung by the whole ensemble quickly followed by a nice tap routine performed by Issy and Freya Davis as Tumnus with some members of the chorus.  Freya later sang an extremely difficult song which she managed well. Hannah Power as the White Witch and Gemma Pearce as Aslan gave strong performances and Gemma’s song, which again was very difficult, was sung beautifully and her characterisation of the Lion was outstanding. Connor sang ‘Edmunds Song’ angelically and his diction throughout was clear and strong. Harriet Pandeli and Beth Price were well matched as the Beavers and I loved their duet which was perfectly balanced.  Even the set looked magical and the Christmas trees worked so well, turning them around from the snow scene to the thawed side was very effective. Everyone gave a really good performance, considering the very long passages of dialogue and, as always, the harmonies were terrific. However for the cute factor I must mention Poppy Davis who was possibly the youngest member of the cast and was a Robin, she was totally unfazed by the whole thing and gave a cheeky move at the end of her short dance which made everyone in the audience laugh; lovely!