En­thu­si­asm and en­ergy abound in Starlight’s Joseph pro­duc­tion

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE - By Echo re­viewer

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT and a good night out is what you come to ex­pect when you go to see one of Starlight Youth Theatre’s pro­duc­tions.

And they didn’t dis­ap­point in their lat­est show, Joseph and the Tech­ni­color Dream­coat at Rawl­ins Acad­emy.

We all know the show so well, whether it’s through a BBC show look­ing for the next star of lat­est West End ver­sion of the show, or sim­ply through songs like Any Dream Will Do and Close Ev­ery Door.

What you need to make it work on stage is bags of en­thu­si­asm, en­ergy and fun and Starlight had all of that and more in abun­dance.

In Joe Har­ri­son, it also had a rock-solid re­li­able man to lead the cast as Joseph, who went straight into this show hav­ing wowed us all with his danc­ing on the Lough­bor­ough Town Hall stage in 42nd Street.

He was on fine form again as Joseph, to­tally at ease on the stage once more.

The nar­ra­tor is a key part in the show and with three fine fe­male voices at their dis­posal, Starlight had the bright idea of hav­ing all three play the part to­gether.

It worked a treat as Olivia Need­ham, Lucy Clay and Ali­cia Giglio’s har­monies were spot on all night.

Per­son­ally, my favourite number in the show is Elvis the Pharoah’s Song of the King and Oliver Hal­ford duly de­liv­ered a suit­ably king of rock ‘n’ roll per­for­mance with his shades and span­gly jacket.

The broth­ers too, were an en­joy­ably rag tag bunch, en­ter­tain­ing us all in Ben­jamin Ca­lypso, led by Alix Hando, and don­ning their berets for the French number Those Can­nan Days, amus­ingly led by Ryan More­land with his mous­tache and onions around his neck.

The whole com­pany too were in great form with their en­thu­si­asm and en­joy- ment rub­bing off on us all.

Par­tic­u­lar men­tion must go to new mem­ber Har­vey Mal­pas who epit­o­mised this spirit with a huge beam­ing smile on his face ev­ery time he was on stage.

At one point, I thought he was go­ing to dance off the stage to join us in the au­di­ence and we’d prob­a­bly have been up and singing with him.

We were all up on our feet at the end to give the cast a de­served ova­tion.

Well done Starlight, that was great fun.

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