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REVIEW: Just So, Alnwick Playhouse

Some of the cast members of Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre Junior group who are staging Just So at Alnwick Playhouse.

Some of the cast members of Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre Junior group who are staging Just So at Alnwick Playhouse.

Why did the youngsters of the Youth Theatre put on such a good show last night? It’s just so!

Well actually, I can give you a bit more than that and tell you why anyone with kids of their own may want to go tonight.

Last night was the first performance of Just So, from the junior group of the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre, and it was a wild and colourful affair.

This version of Rudyard Kipling’s famous tales took us back in time, into the jungle, under the sea and all places in between to explain the origins of certain creatures.

I particuarly enjoyed the story of the armadillo as well as the kangaroo and the dingo, which came complete with one of the show’s catchiest songs.

Most of the scenes involved all of the sizeable young and talented cast, although there was plenty of opportunity for budding stars to showcase their acting and singing individually.

For a first night of a busy show with a large cast of youngsters, it went relatively smoothly, largely thanks to the excellent job done by director Judy Tribe and musical director/composer Peter Brown.

The Youth Theatre is this year’s beneficiary of the Jam Jar Army, with £11,000 having already been raised, and watching this made it clear that the money was going to a worthwhile cause.

The benefits of providing opportunities for north Northumberland’s children and teenagers to perform in a venue like the Playhouse should not be overlooked.

If you have children, take them along to tonight’s show – at the very least, you will enjoy it, and it may mean your kids want to get involved too.

BY BEN O’CONNELL

For full review, see next Thursday’s edition of the Northumberland Gazette.

 

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