26-28 February 2015
Reviewed by Lindsey Wilkins
I took along my Mum and 11 year old daughter to the Grove Theatre, Dunstable to watch the cast from Rare Productions perform in the matinee show Fame The Musical. Rare Productions are a youth theatre group who specialise in amateur musical theatre for young people aged from 8-18 years in local areas.
We live quite near to the theatre and use it quite often. As usual, it was easy to park. There were plenty of spaces in the car park, which is situated right behind the theatre.
The theatre has a nice big entrance with a clean, spacious foyer and a nice warm atmosphere. We collected our tickets from a friendly lady at the reception desk then made our way to our seats. Our view was good and our seats were comfortable with plenty of leg room. The theatre filled up pretty quick with a good, mixed age range of people, most excited to see their child or relative perform.
The show started right on time, and as the curtain went up the stage was filled with an enthusiastic cast dressed in 1980’s neon leg warmers and batwing tops.
Fame tells the lively story of several students who attend a New York High School of Performing Arts, which covers topics such as bullying, sexuality, drugs and friendship.
The young cast were energetic from start to finish. The dancing skills were superb and well-rehearsed, and the choreography was very impressive. You could see a lot of effort had been made to put the show together. The singing abilities were brilliant and most big numbers were sung beautifully by the older leading cast members. There was a lot of energy throughout the entire show. Not forgetting the live musicians who played on stage throughout the show, they were truly talented.
Our favourite part had to be the finale which featured the entire cast, singing and dancing to the song Fame. We loved it. The audience were singing and clapping along, it was brilliant! The young cast did themselves and Dunstable proud!
For more information about shows at the Grove Theatre visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
For more shows by Rare Productions visit www.rareproductions.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080