Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre could not have concluded their 30th year more spectacularly. Choosing Ghost the Musical is a bold move for any theatre troupe, but to take on such a monster show with a Youth Theatre cast is even more special and LGYT delivered an impressive production of the 2011 musical.
With digital screens, a brilliant orchestra and a strong cast - both principle and ensemble - the show was brought together by a stellar cast and creative team.
Taking on the leading roles of Sam and Molly were Dominic Sterland and Lydia Gardiner respectively. Sterland and Gardiner's performances were nothing short of excellent with Gardiner's haunting vocals and Sterland's rich tone. A particular highlight was the beautiful rendition of With You, which packed a punch of emotion from the young Gardiner. They were supported well by the manipulating Carl (played by Will Stevenson).
A stand out performance of the night came from trio Lucy Foley, Hattie Rumsey and Ava Taroni as they performed Are You A Believer? Foley's Oda Mae had the attitude, the voice and the superb comic timing, a winning combination. Supported fantastically by Rumsey and Taroni (as Clara and Louise), their voices were sensational.
Special mention also to Gus Wade, who played a rather convincing Hospital Ghost and confidently led the ghostly ensemble.
With a show that could have posed so many obstacles, LGYT have no doubt proved the calibre of their group. The creative team are an absolute credit, with wonderful choreography, musical direction and direction from Jessica Lambert, Oliver Rowe and Richard Poynton.
The entire stage was filled with passion-fuelled talent and it is clear to see why so many professional actors have emerged from this Youth Theatre. Considering the group only spent 5 months in rehearsals, it would be amazing to see how much further their potential can stretch.
Well done LGYT.
Don't miss Ghost at Lichfield Garrick, playing until Saturday 26 September.
Love Midlands Theatre
Sharing the latest theatre news and reviews around the Midlands.