Youngsters' musical is pure madness
THE Wyvern Theatre will certainly be a House of Fun for audiences over the next couple of days following the curtain going up on this year’s Summer Youth Project.
Since August 11, the group of nearly 200 nine to 21-year-olds have spent their days learning songs and dance routines, perfecting the Our House show based on the hits of the famous 70s and 80s band Madness.
Their aim is to wow the crowds and it looks like they will be successful.
Last night they performed to a sold-out auditorium.
Standout musical numbers included Baggy Trousers, Our House, It Must Be Love and Driving In My Car, getting toes tapping and people dancing in their seats.
The musical tells the tale of Joe Casey who commits a crime and the two paths his life could take – as Good Joe and Bad Joe.
In 2003, the show was named Best Musical at the Olivier Awards.
Before taking to the stage, the cast even had a message from Madness drummer Woody (Daniel Woodgate), who tweeted them to break a leg after being contacted by the mum of one young performer.
The Summer Youth Project (SYP) allows youngsters to experience what is it like working in a theatre and as part of a company. As well as having roles for those who want to tread the boards, there are technical roles up for grabs as the young people help out backstage.
Natalie Bright, a performer, said: “It’s been a great experience to work with a range of different aged performers.
“The music is different from any other show we’ve done with Summer Youth Project. I’ve been performing with the Wyvern’s SYP for years and this show will hopefully be the best one yet.”
Richard Loftus, marketing manager at the Wyvern, said it was a fantastic show and he was sure the audience would love it.
He said: “The music from Madness is so iconic and really lends itself to a musical format.
“The narrative in It Must Be Love makes an excellent duet between two young people in love, while the comedy of Baggy Trousers makes for an hilarious and entertaining dance number.
“The young cast have been working extremely hard and I can’t wait for an enthusiastic audience to greet them with the applause they so thoroughly deserve.”
The show runs at the Wyvern Theatre until Sunday with performances at 7.30pm tonight, tomorrow at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday at 1pm. There are limited tickets available for tonight, 7.30pm tomorrow and Sunday’s shows. Tickets cost £12 - £15.
n See tomorrow’s Advertiser for our review of the musical
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