Pelican Productions have a well-earned reputation for bringing to the stage fine musicals packed with immense talent, and their latest offering is no different. Bring it On was so successful in 2017, that they decided to give director Adam Goodburn another crack at the helm. With many cast in the same roles, Goodburn was pleased to revisit this production and explore ideas further.
Based on the 2000 cheerleading flick of the same name, starring Kirsten Dunst, this story has gone on to produce many sequels. Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are responsible for the thumping musical score; add to that lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda and there is enough teenage angst to fill up the Norwood Town Hall.
I have seen professional musicals that have lacked the amount of enthusiasm and tight production values that poured of the stage on opening night. From the incredible house-band directed by Peter Johns to the set, lighting, video and sound design; this musical packs a punch.
Costumes design by Jen Frith and Kylie Green were on point, but the star of this show for me apart from the incredible cast was the choreographers. Carla Papa and Chloe Boucher (cheer choreography) had a huge task ahead of them and they did a sublime job.
Lead roles were delivered with professionalism by Scarlett Anthony in her second turn as Campbell, the cheerleader with blonde ambition and her partner in crime Stephanie Cole who brings to life Danielle, a girl from the wrong side of town. Wonderful individual performances were also offered up by Billie Turner (Bridget), Jack Conroy (Randall), Sophie Morris (Skylar) and Hannah Hamilton (Kylar).
This show was all about teamwork and it is not to be missed.