Spa Pavilion, We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You (schools), Summer Youth Project, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, until 18th August

We Will Rock You (schools), Summer Youth Project, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, until 18th August

A prodigiously talented young cast and some of the greatest rock anthems ever brought cheers from the Spa audience on the first night of this thoroughly 21st century musical.

The witty story - check out the future cost of a Felixstowe beach hut - is set in a bleak future where rock 'n' roll is lost into folk lore until a dreamer and his girl set out on a quest to bring back the music despite the best efforts of the Killer Queen (I know) to stop him.

Our hero, Galileo and his quirky girlfriend Scaramouche - do you see a cue for another song there? - are the intrepid duo.

Joe Leat gives a great performance as Galileo. Vocally, it is an extremely demanding part and he soared through the falsetto with assurance. Emily Peakman as Scaramouche shows her mettle as a fine comedy actress and a terrific vocalist.

Aimee Farnworth's Killer Queen - the high priestess of camp - was a knockout - giving full vent to her rock numbers and Ashley Wade as her sidekick, the bad, bad Kashoggi, was faultless.

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Dan Ablitt and Stephanie Hazelwood as Britney and Meat (yes, the boy is the Britney) also gave barnstorming vocal performances.

A fine actor and singer, Josh Locke, as Pop, played with enormous conviction and Emma Bonshor's turn as Teacher was excellent.

The show is all about energy and fun and, of course, the music of Queen. The young dancers and singers gave it their all, and together with the accomplished direction of Steve Wooldridge, musical direction of Richard Healey and choreography of Yolande Lockwood, plus a top-notch band - oh, those wondrous guitar solos - it made for an evening of full-blast entertainment.

Loved it.

Lynne Mortimer

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