It says a lot for BOA Musical Theatre when they are able to cast a full-scale musical two times over. I had the pleasure of seeing Company B on stage tonight, but judging by what I've heard, Company A have also delivered a stunning performance of the Olivier Award nominated The Witches of Eastwick.
It is safe to say that the future is bright for these talented students, who brought the small, picket-town of Eastwick right into the heart of Birmingham tonight. Each performance was unfaltering, not one quiver, not one slow scene change. It was slick, sharp and bloody brilliant.
The calibre of acting, singing and dancing talent was breath-taking across the whole company. All in excellent voice, and each had a beaming stage presence. There is no doubt that the quality of this production exceeded their years, exuding professionalism from the outset.
The trio of witches were utterly delightful. Each with fabulous voices (and harmonies to match), Talulla Wheatley (Alexandra Spofford), Heather Foster (Jane Smart) and Lydia Gardiner (Sukie Rougemount) individually shone in their roles, and the rather suave Jack Sanders was perfectly cast in the role of Darryl Van Horne.
Brilliant performances also came from the endearing pairing of Andrew Smith as Michael Spofford and Harriet Davenport as Jennifer Gabriel. As well as impressive cameos from Frederica Williams-Davies as the bolshie Felicia Gabriel, and Dylan Hartnell as the long-suffering Clyde Gabriel.
After seeing the abundance of talent on stage tonight, it would be more than easy to list off each and every person on and off stage, for the sheer time and effort into making this production a magical evening out. But, it cannot go amiss that massive congratulations should also go to the creative team behind this show, including director Rian Holloway, choreographer Lee Crowley and musical director Michelle King who have clearly worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
Huge congratulations class of 2016, your futures are certainly bright you talented bunch!
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