Monday, December 24, 2012


Tomorrow's Talent at the Cramphorn Theatre

No straight play this year, but a stripped-back showcase of the varied talents in the group, full of fireworks and fun, with some touching moments of pathos for contrast.
We did have some sketches for light relief [directed by Emma Tapley] – Ab Fab generation gap, four posh boys, and a running gag about dumbed-down daytime TV.

A tasty menu of musical theatre, too, from Avenue Q to Matilda. Especially fine were the numbers from Les MisĂ©rables, the huddled masses economically drawn, and a beautiful On My Own from Laura Messin. Tara Divina gave a superb performance – dramatically as well as vocally perfect – of With You, from Ghost, with just a box and a picture frame for props.

Figure of Eight, now through to the final fifteen for the BBC's 2013 Comic Relief Does Glee Club, gave us a polished routine based on the popular Wilson Phillips hit Hold On.

The stage was packed with performers for the final sequence, For Now, wide-angled and confidently sung, Beyoncé's Move Your Body, and, inevitably, All I Want for Christmas. All done with that winning blend of raw energy and precision that is the trademark of Tomorrow's Talent. Musical Director was Mark Sellar, and the show was choreographed by Liz Pilgrim and Gavin Wilkinson.

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