Monday, March 31, 2008


Young Gen preview piece


This is not just a cabaret ...”

Chelmsford Young Generation's Dance Captain explained that the show is often done as a concert piece, showcasing those unforgettable Leiber and Stoller hits from the 50s and 60s.

Watching the kids rehearse, I could see what she meant. The numbers were there in all their innocent glory – Poison Ivy, On Broadway, Searchin', Kansas City, and Dance With Me, played wickedly for laughs. But, although there's no complex storyline, there is drama, and there are real, developed characters.

[photograph by Barrie White-Miller]

With two weeks still to go, the cast, aged from 12 to 18, is sharp and stylish. The energy is palpable, and it's obvious that these talented young people are enjoying the show.

You will too, if you can get a ticket for their week in the Cramphorn beginning on April 14. Civic Box office – 01245 606505.

People said it was too difficult for the kids. Eight part harmony, it's a tough sing.” All their hard work has clearly paid off - the show is in great shape. Impeccable singing, toe-tapping dance routines – not to mention the roller skates ...

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