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Once again I was bowled over by the Parkfields production, so good for a cast with hardly any experience of a full scale musical.  The enthusiasm was there for all to see, and everyone gave their all.

I wondered if Singin’ In the Rain would be a step too far, but the young people coped really well with what was a totally unknown world to them.

The backdrop was colourful, the additional scenery and props were moved on and off well, with an exciting lighting plot than enhanced the production.  I especially liked the lighting moves for You Were Meant for Me.

The costumes were all good, colourful and they looked smart, with the girls hair nicely done – this aspect adds so much to the performance.

Musically everyone gave a good account, and there were some nice harmonies, particularly in the Singin’ in the Rain number.  Moses Supposes is a difficult number but the young ladies who had the speaking parts did very well, particularly Izzy Porzio, who also had a stunning hairdo (lovely plaits!)

Because the cast was a little smaller than in previous years, more attention had been given to the choreography, and there were some very good dance moves going on, which the cast looked comfortable with, more intricacies were employed, and there were some lovely smiley faces most of the time.  Very well done to everyone.  

I liked the inclusion of a tap number it worked nicely.  Make ‘Em Laugh had a very energetic circus feel, with lost going on, excellent.  I liked the windmill arms in Singin’ in the Rain, very effective, and the troughs of water were a nice surprise – you can’t have this show without some water for Don to splash around in!

The tango-inspired dance was good, and the youngsters involved obviously enjoyed doing something different.

The four lead characters made a very good group, they played well off each other and got the essence of the era.  I was impressed with their portrayals.

Josiah Shaw played Don Lockwood, and brought a certain suave and sophisticated feel to the part, he sang and moved well, I really enjoyed his performance.

Ioan Towle was Cosmo Brown, and gave the part flair.  I thought he started a little tentatively, but grew into the part as the show went along, and ended up with a very good character.

Harriet Collins gave us a lovely comedic portrayal of Lina Lamont, the silent movie star who had an unfortunate voice!  She really came into her own when she sang her solo in Act 2, I thought Harriet did extremely well, as it is difficult to play a movie star with comedy.

Holly White played Kathy Seldon, the up and coming star who is asked to ‘voice’ Lina.  Holly accomplished the look and feel of Kathy with aplomb, again I was impressed with her portrayal.

Scarlett Bates played Dora Bailey the radio announcer, with plenty of sass, good projection and energy.

The reprise of You Are My Lucky Star between Don and Kathy was very charming.

It was nice that there was a reprise of some of the numbers after the main bows, it gave everyone the chance to use that final bit of energy to leave the audience feeling good.

All in all a good production, plenty of enthusiasm and confidence from the cast, and congratulations to the Director, MD and all the technical teams for making this a truly memorable evening, which the audience enjoyed very much, with a definite feel-good factor.

Parkfields Middle School - 13th July 2018


Director, Producer:  Susie Conder  MD:  Debbie Nicholls Choreographer: Susie Conder & AJ Fender


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