YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT
Tomorrow's Talent at the Civic Theatre
A good-natured audience enjoyed a mixture of show hits and front-cloth sketches: chatroom, chat show and chavettes.
Some of the performers were very young indeed – the aah-factor to the fore in Little People from Les Mis, and especially in I'd Do Anything, with a tough little Dodger and a tiny, tiny Oliver who gave a very assured performance.
Many of our favourite musicals were there – beginning and ending with Hairspray, and stopping off in Chicago, Rydell High and Old Siam. The ensemble was sometimes free-form rather than sharp, but there was often palpable energy in the routines. Among the many promising soloists was Billy Elliott – who gave us the show-stopper Electricity, and also proved a capable dancer in the finale.
But everyone got a chance to shine, and the cross-over curtain calls were a good idea, but would have needed a little more rehearsal to be collision-free.
The show was directed by Gavin Wilkinson with Emma Tapley, and guest artiste Corrie Mac brought some West End pizazz to the Civic Stage.