Unfortunately this production did not live up to its potential dizzying heights.
The cast gave their all and were probably very good, given I have seen many of them in other productions and they were outstanding, however insurmountable issues with Audio and Lighting severely let this production down. My concern is that it may have been the limitations of a new theatre and if Now intend to perform here in future, this will need to be taken into consideration when planning a production.
All too often cast were left to deliver their dialogue in darkness either due to late calls, or because of the grid style rig, the inability to light the area. The same can be said of Audio. Many, many times, microphones were not on or came on very late, therefore not a single word could be heard. This was especially sad for Madeleine Riggs who played the role of Enjolras, whom we could not hear throughout the first act. Costumes, in particular how to wear them needs to be addressed.
Finally direction for me was of some concern. I was not entirely sure if this was a Musical Production or an Arena Spectacular. Thenardier and Madame Thenardier can get away with interacting with the audience, however no-one else should be directing dialogue or singing to individual audience members.
Having said all that, the cast worked extremely hard to overcome these issues and tried their very best which they must be commended for and being a youth production their efforts did not go unnoticed by the audience if the resounding applause at the end of the show is anything to go by.Les Miserables
Hewitson Theatre – STARplex
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