Fashion Academy 31 August 2018
... Debbie Parkinson has directed a charming successful production which is perfect for this youth theatre. It is always refreshing to see a youth company perform material that is relevant to their age group.
The ensemble numbers and vibrant choreography by FCYT Choreographer Shea Roberts and led by Dance Captain Sofie Mawdsley Smith, were performed with energy and enthusiasm from this talented youth company. The ensemble vocals were wonderful in the group pieces...
The lead role of Mickey Williams was played by the exceptionally talented Maisie Brook. Maisie has a natural stage presence and a real likeable quality about her performance that transcends to the audience. Her beautiful vocal abilities were on show in this role and her performance of The Real Me was a standout performance of the production.
Mickey’s mother Joanna, Reese Hudson, and Aunt Olive, Cat Pallant had great chemistry with Maisie and with each other. The number Go Back performed by Maisie and Cat was lively and full of joyous energy...
Sisters West and East played by Evie McCann and Olivia Marchese (2:30 p.m. performance) gave great comedic performances with their polar opposite personalities. Sebastian Price gave a fabulous performance as the sassy JC (not forgetting his muse ‘Madonna’). Jade Gardener as the YouTube star Brittany Pelota gave a confident and warm performance.
The popular girl in this production, Jade Lee, was played with confidence by Jessica Gibbons. Jessica captured the essence of mean-girl Jade and gave a splendid performance in this role.
One of our favourite performances of the production was by Jack Scholes as Mr Stitchman.
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"The curtains opened to a simple but very effective set and we were soon left in no doubt that this was to be a fast paced, effervescent performance by all involved...The cast worked so well together and there were no weak links...Debbie Parkinson as Producer/Director is to be congratulated on the high standard of acting and singing from every cast member. Projection and diction were both excellent. Choreography by Shea Roberts was innovative and imaginative and the cast were clearly very well rehearsed and disciplined.
This was also evident in the fast props and costume changes by cast and Crew-members. Well done to all the Matrons and other helpers backstage for ensuring the smooth running of the show. Lighting and Sound were first class. I was impressed with the way the young cast dealt with the “ piped” music. Not always easy...
There were some very strong individual performances. Maisie Brook as Mickey was convincing, as she coped with the demands of peer pressure to change her views yet remained true to her own self. Cat Pallant as Aunt Olive showed good comic timing whilst Jessica Gibbons as the snobbish, elegant, self-centred Jade Lee was an outstanding characterization.
Sebastian Price as J.C. gave an excellent interpretation of the role. His acting and vocals were first class and Jack Scholes as Mr Stitchman was delightful, holding the stage at every appearance..."