Ex­trav­a­ganza of tal­ent

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

YOUNG per­form­ers from Amer­ica, Scan­di­navia and Is­rael un­der­lined the global cre­den­tials of the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val at an HMT gala show. The artists swept through a pro­gramme of more than 30 songs and dances as the two week ex­trav­a­ganza ap­proached its crescendo. The US based Krayon Kids an­chored the show, reel­ing off per­for­mance af­ter per­for­mance. It was an eclec­tic set, rang­ing from the weird to the won­der­ful, with clas­sic mu­si­cal theatre so­los in­clud­ing San Fran­cisco also thrown in. His Majesty’s Theatre roared its par­tic­u­lar ap­proval to a moon­walk­ing Michael Jack­son tribute and an ac­ro­batic cir­cus show which brought down the cur­tain on the first half. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the US act were two other tour­ing en­sem­bles from over­seas. Scan­di­na­vian choir Stord Ung­dom­skor opened the gala with their sim­ple but ef­fec­tive brand of theatre. A per­for­mance of Ma­cav­ity, from Andrew Lloyd Web­ber’s Cats stood out among the group’s four of­fer­ings. And Is­raeli youth band Kfar Vradim Orches­tra com­pleted the line up. The massed ranks of mu­si­cians per­formed in both halves of the gala, vis­it­ing West Side Story and Miss Saigon.

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