Samantha Jackson

Review: Sunderland Theatrical Society’s A Night Amongst The Stars

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Revue Cabaret bar opened its doors on Saturday night (May 9) to a crowd of excited parents and teenagers, antsy to hear what the night had in store for them. Students at the University of Sunderland had worked relentlessly for the past six months and the time had finally come to put on the show of a lifetime.

Sunderland Theatrical Society had created A Night Amongst The Stars, with Director Lewis Southall putting on one of the best performances of the night including his portrayal of Miss Hannigan in Annie.

After a delayed start the lights dimmed and everybody took their places. Getting there early I was able to find a decent seat and members of the crew even had to arrange a small seating area at the side of the stage for a few latecomers.

Rows of chairs lined the dancefloor and the soft music started playing as the cast made their way onto stage. My ears were greeted with soft tones at first, as the musical Cabaret kicked off the night.
With so many dancers and singers gracing the stage it was hard to believe this was put together in a matter of months.

Choreographer Kayleigh Johnson lived up to the challenge and graced the stage with a dance number so delicate I could hear every glide and step she took.

With various outfit changes and different stage positions it was surprising to see how efficient the night went when it finally got going.

Annie was the highlight of the night by a long shot, as the full cast delivered an outstanding upbeat performance. With all-time favourite song It’s The Hard Knock Life the audience were treated to an up tempo dance routine by the full cast, with every visible space being used. Many more numbers included songs from musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked, Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables to name a few.

The centre stage seemed to get the best of some of the crew, with some becoming fidgety as they performed the songs. A little stage fright was to be expected but as the night progressed the dancers and singers started to become more comfortable and interact with the audience more.

As the night drew to a close, audience members were on their feet clapping their hands and demanding more. The cast came on stage for a final time to perform songs from Mamma Mia. Waterloo was the last song to be performed, seeing members of the audience dance and sing along. At the end of the show there was a big speech given by the director, thanking the cast and crew.

With a tight budget for the show the performances were delivered in a different but memorable way, with every single cast member working their hardest to entertain the full house.

Every single member of the audience gave the cast and crew a standing ovation, some going up to them after the show to congratulate them. At the end of the night the full cast came onto the stage, took a final bow and thanked everyone for coming. Flowers and chocolates were given to some hard-working members of the cast and those involved in the theatrical society. This was awarded with more rounds of applause as the final part of the show came to a close.

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