Legally Blonde has been doing the rounds this year on the youth and amateur circuit. Having recently announced another UK tour, it is a show brimming with catchy numbers and MYTS delivered a performance packed with energy and enthusiasm.
The 44-strong cast took to the stage with beaming faces and it was a pleasure to watch a company relishing their time in the spotlight.
Leading the way was Molly Harriman as Elle Woods, who pushed her nerves to one side and delivered a fine performance. She was capably supported by Alex Young as Emmett, who delivered a great vocal, although he doesn't seem to realise how talented he is, which made the performance that little more endearing.
Jack Foster made for a brooding Callahan, with a vocal and stage presence that surpassed his years, his rendition of Blood in the Water was exceptionally good. Meanwhile, fitness queen Brooke, was feistily played by Holly Reid-Foulkes, whose voice also impressed. Pleasing cameos came from Greg Woods as Kyle, Jacob Brown as Mr Woods and Sophie Pearce as Chutney, whilst Elle's friendship trio of Serena, Pilar and Margot (Anissa Hussein, Megan Richardson and Lucy Travers) showcased great vocals and tight harmonies.
Elsewhere, taking on the role of the smarmy Warner, was Jack Saunders, whose vocals blended beautifully with Harriman's and he delivered just the right dose of cockiness. Whilst, Cydney Beech was perhaps the sassiest Vivienne I have ever seen grace the stage. Showcasing excellent acting skills, she really made the character her own.
There's a whole array of wonderful characters in this show and there were many other members who stood out, but a special shout out must go to two performers in particular. Firstly, Lydia Thomson as Paulette was a sheer joy to watch. Her hilarious characterisation, mannerisms and vocal was unwavering, with a smashing performance of Ireland and some great riffing in Bend and Snap, which leads nicely into the impressive performance from Charlie Allen-Smith, whose sass levels in the Bend and Snap were off the scale. What a talented little performer he is, I was crying with laughter (in a good way of course!)
The creative team, comprising of Director Hannah Morris, Assistant Director Sam Simkin, Choreographer Ed Costello and Musical Director Laura Foxcroft, have put together a show that epitomises what youth theatre is all about - providing a platform for young people to showcase their talent to the community. These groups are fundamental to nurturing the talent of the next generation so go out there and support them!
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