The University Centre Colchester Year 2 BA Honours Musical Theatre students performed an intimate array of West End and Broadway showstoppers to an appreciative audience this evening in the Mercury Theatre Studio. So nice to see a selection of modern show-tunes including The Addams Family, Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Sideshow, In The Heights, Bring It On and Hamilton.
The four piece band masterfully directed by Simon Warne accompanied the non-amplified voices perfectly ensuring that every vocal was heard for every song. Despite being a small performance space, the cast of 20+ all-female talent made the stage look bigger than it was helped by the effective use of a static lighting rig.
The show opened with a very impressive ensemble number When You’re An Addams. Spot on vocals, great harmonies, brilliant stage movement and wonderful lighting. Immensely enjoyable. The cast seem to be having a fun time.
From this point on, performances were variable. When the performers were given the right songs to match their musical theatre skills and vocal ranges it worked very well. But sometimes, the challenge of some bigger numbers was a step too far, resulting in pitchy vocals and excessive shouting to reach the top notes. These are future musical theatre stars in training and this learning experience will only help them perfect their art and gain the confidence to improve.
But throughout the 90mins musical mix there were some standout performances which are worth a mention.