In just over a week, New Alexandra Theatre's Stage Experience students have created a triumphant show. Over 100 beaming faces took to the stage, exuding talent that exceeded their years. Complex dance routines, harmonious voices and superb acting made for a truly enjoyable evening at the theatre.
Following the story of Peggy Sawyer, as she rises from chorus girl to lead, the show is brimming with musical numbers and intricate tap dance. Matt Pidgeon took on the role of Billy Lawler and he was an utterly mesmerising dancer (who just so happens to be a World Tap Dance Champion). Matched well with Peggy Sawyer (played superbly by Caprice Lane), Lane had a brilliant voice, with dazzling vocals in the title number, 42nd Street.
Mark Shaun Walsh’s Julian Marsh displayed maturity beyond his years. His authoritative stage presence and booming voice resonated around the theatre. Special mentions must go to Nicholas Jones as Andy Lee, who had a beautifully rich tone to his voice, and Katie Gladwin as Maggie Jones, whose excellent characterisation, dancing and singing shone through in Go into your Dance and Shuffle off to Buffalo.
Show-stopping numbers included Lullaby of Broadway and We're in the Money, as dozens of dancers took to the stage, executing perfectly synchronised routines. The staging, which was the professional set from the Broadway and UK Tour, was a sight to behold, beautifully framing the action on stage and adding another layer of professionalism to the piece. Not only that, many members of the orchestra also played for the show on the professional circuit, there was no doubt that all the stops had been pulled out.
Under the capable direction of Pollyann Tanner (who was also responsible for the stunning choreography) and Musical Director Chris Newton, New Alexandra Theatre’s Stage Experience stands itself apart and offers a superb platform for young theatre performers. The professional and slick production was a credit to everyone involved, long may Stage Experience continue.
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