Stars explained: * A production of no real merit with failings in all areas. ** A production showing evidence of not enough time or effort, or even talent, and which never breathes any real life into the piece – or a show lumbered with a terrible script. *** A good enjoyable show which might have some small flaws but has largely achieved what it set out to do.**** An excellent show which shows a great deal of work and stage craft with no noticeable or major flaws.***** A four star show which has found that extra bit of magic which lifts theatre to another plane.
Half stars fall between the ratings

Music and passion! Who

could ask for anything more?

10th Anniversary Concert

Youth Onstage

The Crescent Theatre


ON a day when it seemed that the 2012 summer had finally arrived in the UK, the Youth Onstage Company brought their own form of sunshine to the Crescent Theatre with their 10th anniversary concert.  

Taking an entertaining look back at all of their musical productions, since the formation of YOS in 2002, the players delivered a stunning concert that showcased their talent and abilities.

For this young cast there was the inspirational bonus to be playing with some former members who have either gone on to study towards professional careers and those who are now working full time in the entertainment industry,

The evening opened with I've got Rhythm featuring vocalist Lisa Sherlock who has just returned from engagements on cruises. There was every possibility from that point that the standard might have fallen, but it didn't and the excerpts from each of their past performances were introduced with a slide show and then two or three well produced songs from each musical.

The team behind YOS seem to have a built a very solid platform for musical theatre as the evening featured a wide range of excerpts from classic shows like the 1930's Anything Goes through to the more contemporary works of Hairspray and High School Musical.

It's paid off because everyone seemed at home performing some soft shoe and traditional tap moves, or the Salsa in Copacabana, whilst singing their hearts out to every number.

Chorally throughout they were very good too, opening the second half with a full company rendition of The Black Hills of Dakota from Calamity Jane and achieving some complex harmonies.

It's not entirely fair to single out individuals as each of the leads throughout the night were very good and there were too many excellent performances to mention. What was clear though was the benefit of further training and education in your craft as could be seen with Gemma Hudson who returned for the performance after just completing her training at The London School of Musical Theatre. Her vocal ability and acting skill were outstanding and she will be someone to watch out for.

The company is not short on new talent though and the standard of performance was very high which must be reassuring for some of the younger members being supported amongst such a skillful peer group.

Another show featured was Me and My girl with a very slick performance from the cast and Kieran Wallace which included a very comical version of The Sun Has Got His Hat On, by Dan Peet.

The evening was just a glimpse at what this company seems capable of and, if this standard continues, then unlike the British summer, the future for Youth Onstage looks very sunny indeed.

Jeff Grant

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