Footlights Performance Academy

 

Frozen the Ballet and Rock Nativity

December 2015

 

Ten weeks in rehearsal, 49 children of all abilities aged from four upwards and Frozen The Ballet was borne.
From the principal characters playing Elsa and Anna to the pint-sized corps de ballet cast as ice cubes what a show.
There was no printed programme only credits flashed up on screen so please forgive me if no-one is singled out for individual praise.
But praise was well deserved for both the organisation to the two performances and the actual shows which both got well-deserved standing ovations.
The simple set with spotlights and snow-covered sliding doors to dreamy costumes and smiling children, it was all magical.
Two youngsters shared the roles of Elsa and Anna – one set as small children and the other as the grown-up girls and they were equally great.
But so was everyone else especially the King and Queen, the reindeer and Olaf the memorable snowman.
What was most funny was there wasn't any singing or script to Frozen - the title gives you a clue but people were still puzzled they didn't hear the spoken word - it is a ballet!
I loved Frozen as it was so original - the cast, the characters, the young people who were so obviously enjoying entertaining.
Apart from the dry ice special effects there wasn't a dry eye in the audience – thank you all.
Watch out everyone as the Annie workshop is already in full swing as the bar has been raised pretty high!
After Frozen The Ballet we were treated to the Rock Nativity.
This all-singing and all-dancing show is a little dated and I think from the 1970s Jesus Christ Superstar era.
It tells the story of the birth of baby Jesus from conception to the stable scene with three white coated scientists and a leather-clad despot determined to hang onto his crown.
The best bits were the hand-jiving number and a stirring gospel song.
It was performed by a cast of thousands from the main Footlights Performance Academy.
Among this multitude of able actors there was a standout performance from Mary and Joseph, the Angel Gabriel and King Herod.
However, I have seen this show several times performed by different generations of my family and still couldn’t sing-along as the song words are not that ‘catchy’ so well done everyone. 
Next summer Footlights is swapping its usual performance venue at Nailsea School and going on tour including a show at Disneyland Paris in August 2016. 
The troupe will also be supporting Children’s Hospice South West as its charity of choice. 

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Carol Deacon

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