Review: Starlight Express Youth Group Production, Co-op Juniors Theatre Company, Hush House, Bentwaters Park, to June 19
- Credit: Archant
If you’re still debating whether to get tickets you’d better get your skates on. When word spreads how good it is they will be flying out faster than Greaseball in his prime.
Staging Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical on rollerskates would be a stretch for any group, but the cast proved to be the little engines that could. Watching them confidently whiz around us you’d never think many of them hadn’t skated before. Coaches Tony Morgan and Martin Harris should be proud.
The performers and the technical team made full use of the unique venue, more used to military jets than racing trains. The costumes were great too. Overall the whole show looked and sounded spectacular.
For those who haven’t seen the musical - I hadn’t until tonight - it sees a child’s train set come to life and the engines compete to become the fastest in the world, all set to a vibrant rock score. Underdog Rusty (Laurie Bertram) has little chance until he’s inspired by the legend of The Starlight Express. He takes on arch rivals Greaseball (Karl Lankester) and Electra (Holly Metcalfe) to win the love of first-class coach Pearl (Amber Bourne-Williams).
It’s a big ask of all involved but director and choreographer Rebecca Darcy has done a fantastic job alongside musical director Nigel Virley.
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Obvious first night nerves - showing slightly in the odd vocal here and there - aside this was a strong start to the run. Probably the Juniors most ambitious show to date, it’s also my favourite.
The cast didn’t really put a foot, or should that be wheel, wrong. The performances were great, especially by the principles. Bad as it feels to single people out, the comedic timing of Curtis Cook (Dustin) deserves special mention. So does Emily Leech (Dinah) for her performance of U.N.C.O.U.P.L.E.D.
- 1 Family of hairdresser, 17, who died in her sleep 'overwhelmed' by tributes
- 2 Don't panic buy - warning as queues form at petrol stations
- 3 Suffolk petrol stations avoid closure as garages shut nationwide
- 4 'Complete waste of our money' - uproar over Santa's grotto
- 5 'We've lost one or two from last week' - Cook reveals fresh injury set-back
- 6 Jailed company boss to sell home to repay swindled customers
- 7 Explained: What is causing the long queues at petrol stations?
- 8 Ipswich mum 'eating junk food and take-aways' goes from size 22 to 12
- 9 More police mistakes in case of 'bubbly and funny' Emma who fell from window
- 10 Cook believes Ipswich are 'biggest and best' club in League One
If you like high energy shows with really catchy songs and a good story you can’t go far wrong with this. One rock ‘n’ roll too many may take its toll in the end, but the company has plenty of steam to blow off yet - choo choo choo.