Zenith Youth Theatre’s production of Fame is alive and kicking at Kingswood Theatre, complete with leg warmers and the most impressive golden star suspended centre stage.
Whilst many of the more familiar songs from the TV series are omitted and the rapid episodic nature of the script hampers character development; the youthful company step up to the task with energy and commitment despite the soaring temperatures.
Directed by Scott Rogers, the inspired use of all cast onstage allows the scenes to flow without interruption and adds a focus to proceedings.
The band under the excellent direction of Roy Page are in full flight, if sometimes the combined balance of band and vocals become a little over produced.
Performances are, as expected, strong and mature. Georgie McSherry is in fine voice as Carmen whilst Marcus May as the troubled Jack Zakowski and Feli Lloyd as Iris Kelly display exceptional dance skills.
Choreographed by Julie Dallimore and Delia Lee, once again there is room for this large company of varying ability to be part of some complex and impressive routines.
Lit by Luke John Emmett against a simple design, the show flies through with enthusiasm and energy.
Zenith have an exceptionally busy summer ahead with dates at The Edinburgh Festival; it is hard to see where they find the time but no doubt the Theatre Bath Bus will prove to be a fantastic home for their Scottish venture.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
Fame was a Zenith Youth Theatre production at the Kingswood Theatre in Bath.