Reviewed by Dave Smith
Sixteen year old Director Ben Francis and eighteen year old Musical Director Georgia Broomhall have come up with an excellent vehicle for showcasing the impressive talents of young local performers. They framed the performance in a cabaret setting and put together around thirty songs from a broad range of musicals. I saw Show 2 of the three, all of which had different casts. That provided a great opportunity for more than forty performers, aged from 7 to 19 years of age – a remarkable achievement in itself.
In a show of genuinely high quality there were many noteworthy performances. Serena Martino-Williams’s beautiful voice made the most of I Can’t Sing from the eponymous musical. As with a number of the other singers, she had presence and poise and a real sense of the meaning of her songs. That’s essential in the concert-cum-cabaret style of performance chosen by Francis and Broomhall. Maeve Marryat, too, showed that with exquisite comic timing and delightful malice in the song In Short from Edges. Sebastien Skubala brought life to Tomorrow from Bugsy Malone, and joined delightfully with Alyssa Tacono in A Whole New World from Alladdin. Isla Zorkovic was impressive in Quiet from Matilda, with her true voice and refreshing English accent.
The stunning highlights were the solo Gethsemane by Francis himself, the male quartet of Francis, Kyle Hall, Lachlan Williams and Tom Russell in the Four Seasons medley and the powerful whole cast finale One Day More from Les Miserables.
These Musical Moments were well worth experiencing.