Local company Edinburgh Music Theatre return to the fringe for their annual production with a double offering, the first of which is
The finale takes on a sugary-sweet taste as the company invite children from the audience to join them for a reprise of Let it Go from Frozen. It really works and you leave feeling a little more affirmed with life.
This is a production aimed at youngsters and their families, as the company make a selection from the Disney catalogue and spin it into a candy-coated concoction that delivers exactly what it sets out to do.
Starting with Be Our Guest Scott Kenneway gets things going in a big, brash manner and is soon joined by a large ensemble company which is especially female heavy, although the sound delivered is peerless. What follows is an hour of Disney hits featuring High School Musical, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and the latest offering Frozen.
Director Christopher Cameron has worked hard to ensure as many members of the company as possible get the chance to perform a solo or duet and it brings an even sense of balance to the overall production. When it comes to such a small space and such a large company of performers, adding any form of movement is also going to be a challenge but choreographer Sarah Aitken has managed a stylish effort from the company.
Where the production lets itself down slightly is in a few bum notes and on more than one occasion members of the large company managed to kick the float mics on the front of the stage. This is admittedly more an issue concerning the size of the performing company versus the size of the performance space.
The show is anchored by a stylish three piece band headed by the production’s musical director Neil Metcalfe. The finale takes on a sugary-sweet taste as the company invite children from the audience to join them for a reprise of Let it Go from Frozen. It really works and you leave feeling a little more affirmed with life.