Review of Disney's High School Musical by NMTC Youth Society at the Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton
This enthusiasm and clear joy are much of the time what drives this lively production, as the whole company perform Fiona Luck's brilliant choreography, you can see that the performers not only believe in everything but also have put their all into the piece, and here is where director Katy Batchelor should also be congratulated. There are no moments of lost pace in this production, which a show like this would be killed by. Scene changes are swift, from both the adult production team, but also by the cast themselves, brilliantly done all around.
Emily Moss and Henry Patterson had a delightfully sparky relationship as twins Sharpay and Ryan Evans. Patterson particularly showing incredible vocals, stage presence and timing, a career on the stage beckons I feel. Perhaps scene-stealer of the show though came from Louise White's "worm" during detention, played with proper worm-style and some brilliant moments of comedy stares from the rest of the cast. The audience loved it.
The book from David Simpatico is lightweight in the extreme, but at least finds a little edge in the much better second act where a little more story makes itself known.
Performance reviewed: Friday 19th April 2019 (matinee) at the Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton.
High School Musical runs until Saturday 20th April 2019 at the Cripps Hall Theatre and ticket details can be found at High School Musical tickets