SMOKEY JOE IN REHEARSAL
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]
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 ...