Press Review

 


Tiverton Gazette

 

Tuesday July 24, 2012

IN THE FRAME
PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF THE WILLOW TREE CENTRE OF DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS
ANNUAL SHOW CASE JULY 19TH 2012 NEW HALL, TIVERTON.

   Irene Holland and her team at the Willow Tree Centre of Dance and Performing Arts created another night to remember at the New Hall with their annual showcase In The Frame. With more than 175 young people taking part, the show literally exploded onto the stage in an array of whacky costumes, dense smoke and loud eclectic music.
  The range of performing arts taught to the students are well demonstrated in a plethora of numbers - each one a show stopper in its own right. To contemplate the organisation of such a programme is mind blowing, for this, credit goes to Victoria Baldwin and Rebecca Budden for a magnificent job.
  Mob caps dominated in a wow of an opening number, Flash Bang Wallop, followed by a very young and delightful cast singing Lollipop. An epic of a classical ballet choreographed to Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream showed that the students' pointe-work, nurtured by Irene Holland, has greatly improved while Louisa Everett as Barnum brought the first half to a sensational climax accompanied by all the Musical Theatre students.

   The opening of the second half competed successfully with a smoke filled stage out of which emerged Jesus Christ Superstar in fringed white and flares. Can Can was next and another thrilling experience .. the dancers gave their all as they kicked, twirled and fell into the splits.
  Linking numbers was wonderful Katy Baker as a clownish entrepreneur...this to allow performers a moment in which to climb into another stylish costume and grab another sparkling prop.
    I should mention so many names, but space is limited. I will, however, mention Esta Felix whose piano song was deeply moving; Esta Norton, Natalie King, Alanya Bird, Esmee Dickens, Kasey Priscott and Emily Barker all of whom shone. It was a great night out !

 

By Amanda Knott

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