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JJ at Fame the musical

FAME: REVIEW
By Jonathan Jacob

JJ went off to see if the 'kids from Fame' really could pull off a slick polished performance after just two weeks rehearals.

bang

Saturday 21st August saw the Alexandra Theatre closing its doors to the 2004 Summer Youth project of 'Fame - The Musical' - but it certainly went out with a bang!

I entered the auditorium, found my seats - which were great seats (for a freebie!!) and started to get chatting with the girl next to me, who was the sister of one of last years project actors. She was really looking forward to this show - and so was I. I became quite friendly with a few of the cast members I'd met the previous week and I also knew some of the cast from school - so I was looking forward to seeing and supporting all these wannabe actors I know!

high quality

Although this was an amateur production - you wouldn't have been able to tell. The stage sets, diverse and complex lighting and high quality live music made the whole thing very believable - which complimented the high quality dancing, singing and acting on the stage.

One of the main moments of the show would be the number, 'Hard Work' - it was a full cast number and must have been had to co-ordinatate everyone, but it looked amazing and certainly got the show off to a great start.

ooer missus

Another highlight would be during Scene Four and the number, 'Can't Keep It Down' - yes, you can guess what that is about! That was really funny and had the audience in stitches. The song was sung by Dan Rose who played José, one of the older members of the cast - who really hammed it up well. His dream is to become an actor and he cannot imagine doing another job. In his own words - 'nothing can beat the buzz of performing!'

Another strong character who sung the theme song - Fame was 'Carman', played by Jodie Kumble - who was straight off to India on a plane once the show had finished on her hols - Jodie really captured the character well and was very confident in such a demanding role. September sees Jodie take up the immediate offer made by Sir Paul McCartney's school, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts where she starts a 3-year degree course.

The students of the PA school were kept in line by the four teachers in the show - Sherman (Head Teacher), Bell (Dance Teacher), Sheinkof (Music Teacher) and Myers (Drama Teacher) who hard a hard job of playing a character very much older than themselves - but all pulled it off extremely well.

Another moment which should be brought to light was from Cherrelle Skeette who played Miss Sherman during her solo in the second act of 'These are my Children' - which melted my heart and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up with her strong gospel voice!

top class

Congratulations must go to the production team of the show and everyone else who worked behind the scenes to create such a top class performance! There are too many great moments from the show to mention - it was amazing to think the quality, style and professionalism that was on that stage all happened in less than two weeks - and could match, if not better the performances one could see on the West End.

Oh, in case you are wondering - their American accents were done really well … thank goodness for that!

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