Review: The Coop Juniors Christmas Spectacular

Now it feels like Christmas.

Full of feel good, festive cheer, I can understand why making the trek out to Snape to see this annual show has become a tradition for so many.

One of the Juniors’ strengths is giving audiences what they’ve come to love with a few surprises thrown in to keep things fresh.

The 104-strong cast gave it their all as usual, with some blistering numbers appealing to all ages; from seasonal songs and a sassy cover of Sinatra’s Come Fly With Me to the brilliant Lights for this Love routine - complete with amazing choreography and light up costumes.

Vocals were strong throughout and the choreography smooth for the most part.

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Having just started their run, you can’t expect everything to be perfect and they’d be the first to admit there’s always room for improvement.

The transition between the numbers could’ve been a smidgen quicker and quieter. Two of the routines - There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens and Dad’s Army - while done well seemed a tad out of place in the overall scheme of things and the latter interrupted the show’s flow.

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But I’m really nit-picking here. The general view of the audience as we left was one of excitement for next year’s show.

It was a shame to see so many empty seats so take my advice and see this spectacular before the weather threatens to make it impossible.

Christmas Spectacular 2010, The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company, Snape Maltings, until December 21

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