We Will Rock You, Young Part

Date 30th April 2022
Society Abergavenny Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (AAODS)
Venue The Clarence Hall, Crickhowell
Type of Production Musical
Director Tom Mogford
Musical Director Meg Trinder
Choreographer Alys Le Moignan

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Author: Dee McIlroy

Ben Elton was the genius who devised this amazing rock musical, and as it took off in 2002, who would have guessed that its success would be worldwide. The Hi tech used in this production included the brilliant musicians of Queen and of course the out of this world Freddie Mercury performing. The use of this screen was a fantastic visual experience and good to preview it before the opening of the show as well, setting the scene and enhancing anticipation of the fabulous music to come.

For AAODS to give this show to their youngsters, AAODS juniors are tomorrows’ future, for the first full production after lockdown was inspirational. It was given a fresh new production team in Director Tom Mogford, M.D. Meg Trinder, and Chroeographer  Alys Le Moignan ,excellent direction, musical direction and choreography all working in unison, with the multiple resourses.This production was an unknown for  the cast, most of whom had never performed a principle role on stage before, and the new unknown venue point of view, their own Borough Theatre in Abergavenny being in renovation, and yet it all fell into place with great success the outcome.

A strong cast, Teen Queens, Super Yuppies and Ensemble, all working together as a team, that is what was given, a theatre production family!  

The charismatic Henry Carr as Galileo Figaro was a force on stage, holding the show’s action together with his astonishing timing and precision moves in every number he performed.

The chemistry between his performance and that of Eleanor James as Scaramouche was tangible, so intense and real, as if they had performed together many times before. Eleanor in her first principal role became this character, taking it to the heights of commanding the stage, her fabulous voice showing the passion she felt in an exceptional performance.

Daisy Potts gave a showstopper performance as Oz, acting and vocally brilliant in her first principal role.

Freddy Potts as Khashoggi, Tom Davies as Brit and Rosie Spencer as Buddy also excelled. Spot on precision in every scene, with clear diction. We were given a fantastic interpretation of Killer Queen from Cariad Reece.

The reaction throughout and to the outstanding We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody from the appreciative audience raised the roof. 

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