“Come and meet those dancing feet” – that was the call reverberating through Earlston High School as it prepared for its annual show.
The school’s summer production has gained a reputation for its high quality and this year’s offering – 42nd Street – does not disappoint.
Jeff Thomson, the school’s PT Expressive Arts, is again at the helm and has produced a show which sends the audience home with their feet tapping and a smile on their face.
In contrast to the power and intensity of Miss Saigon last year, 42nd Street is a lighthearted and funny show, with many comic moments, catchy music and spectacular dance routines. The ability to tackle two such contrasting shows in as many years is testament to the talent of everyone involved.
A show within a show, 42nd Street demands a lot of its main characters, requiring acting, singing and dancing ability in equal measure from the lead roles. The casting of the show is superb, with Jenny Bond (Peggy Sawyer), Joe Thomson (Billy Lawlor), Grace Rhatigan (Dorothy Brock) and Callum Love (Julian Marsh) delivering their roles with apparent ease and displaying all these talents in abundance.
They are ably supported by those in more minor roles and by a well-drilled chorus. Add to this a well-designed set, colourful costumes and spectacular dance routines, and you have a show which is slick, professional and entertains from start to finish.
As dance is an integral part of the 42nd Street plot, special mention should also be made of Jan Baird (choreographer) and her tap dancers.
Sitting in the audience, it is easy to forget that this is a school show, being delivered by school pupils.
The commitment and sheer hard work of the young people involved is clear for all to see. They display a confidence and ability beyond their years – something of which they, their school and their parents can be justly proud. Well done to all.
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