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NODA East Midlands Region Show Reviews March 2010

DISTRICT 2, NORTH DERBYSHIRE
FAME FOREVER - REUNION AND REBIRTH

Review by: Joyce Handbury
Presented by: GATEPOST THEATRE COMPANY
Venue: Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Performance Dates: March 2010
Director: Jim Baker
Musical Director: Kate Baker
Choreography: Lisa Peach, Sharon Bednall, Kate Baker

Fame Forever reveals the fate of the original cast of ‘Fame’ some twenty years later when the characters are now all grown up and return to celebrate the reunion of the class of ‘84 at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. One of the members, Carmen Diaz who died of a drug overdose in 1984, returns as a ghost watching over both past and present students who are in the throes of auditioning for parts in ‘West Side Story’. So, we have quite an involved story-line which produces a very bitty show. However, the Director along with his Stage Manager and Stage Crew do a magnificent job in keeping the action flowing. I could go through the entire principal line-up and make almost the same comments as they all played their individual roles superbly. The singing of each and every one of them was outstanding. However I must just mention Rebecca Knight as Georgia Washington because talk about from ‘Popstar to Opera Star’ she excelled in both genres and her singing of ‘Habanera’ by Bizet was a show stopper - absolutely superb! Good choreography especially in The Tango, excellent chorus harmony singing - the Gospel Song was fabulous, a magnificent Band, brilliant principals and a terrific, rousing finale produced a great show. Excellent, congratulations to everyone involved.

 

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