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
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