Well, well, well. What can we say? Trinity Players were outstanding tonight. From start to finish their energy levels were well and truly through the roof and they captured the audience as soon as the music started.
The host of recognisable characters were brought beautifully to life, each actor and actress placing their own stamp on the part. We could sit here all night listing off every single cast and creative member, because it was clear to see that everyone's heart and soul was in this production.
The ensemble was one of the strongest we have seen on the amateur circuit, with dazzling harmonies and excellent precision; from dancing through to characterisation. It was clear that they had been supported expertly under the musical direction of Tim Harding and the stellar band.
Frances Corbett shone as the bubbly Tracey Turnblad, injecting oodles of passion into the part and thoroughly excelled playing the larger-than-life character. The Turnblad family was completed by Bob Atkins as Wilbur and Michael Grant as Edna. Grant was excellent, he captured the character of Edna perfectly and Atkins made an adorable Wilbur, with a particular highlight being You're Timeless To Me, joyously performed by the both of them.
Tracey's best friend Penny Pingleton, was played hilariously by Rebecca Perry with her deeply religious Mother, Prudy Pingleton, played fantastically by Shirley Gladwin. Ed Mears oozed charisma as Tracey's love interest Link Larkin, and Dane Fox's supple vocals as Seaweed were glorious.
The selfish Amber Von Tussle was played brilliantly by Kayleigh Murray and Jennifer Mears took the role of her mother, delivering an exceptional performance of Miss Baltimore Crabs. Stephen Blower added to the fantastic vocal talent on display in his role as Corny Collins.
Now, we've seen a few show-stopping performances in our lives, but wow, I Know Where I've Been thoroughly blew us away tonight. Leigh-Ann James took on the feisty role of Motormouth Maybelle bringing soul, sass and swagger. Not only was it an absolute pleasure to watch, her vocals were spine-tingling.
Special mentions must also go to Aoife Kenny for her angelic vocals in the role of Little Inez and Ann Dempsey for her amusing portrayal as the Matron.
With extensive choreographed routines created by Leigh-Ann James, the show was brought together under the stellar direction from Ben Field.
Trinity Players have excelled with this performance and it was delightful to see such an abundance of talent up on the stage. A huge congratulations to all involved.
Tickets are now incredibly limited, with additional seats released due to popular demand, so it's worth calling the box office on 07843 928830 because you don't want to miss this show!
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