Fame the Musical at the Princess Theatre
Wow, what a show! On Monday the 1st of July New York’s High School for the Performing Arts burst into life on the stage of the Princess Theatre at Torquay Devon. As part of team #TorbayHour, we were invited to the opening night.
From the opening notes to the very last song and cast call the audience were kept in awe with amazing music, singing and dancing.
The production is set in the 1980s, and the costumes and music reflect this perfectly. It follows a group of students who all dream of seeing their name up in lights or making their mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame surrounded by a star.
To reach their goals though they must not only be fantastic actors, musicians and dancers, they also have to reach an academic standard at the same time. It was great to see the story tackle subjects like dyslexia, race and class prejudice but in a subtle and supportive way, all the while propelling the audience along with fantastic music, song and dance.
The first half of the show is fast-paced, light heated and has some thumping tunes all accompanied by some great dancing and choreography. I was amazed at just how much action was going on in such a small stage.
The second half of the show continues in the same way with some fantastic singing from the cast, but it comes with some real heart-wrenching emotions as well. At one point, I actually could feel myself welling up, which goes to show how this show grabs the audience and pulls them into the story, a feat made achievable by some excellent acting.
Because of the storyline, there are themes around alcohol, drugs and some sexual references which would make it unsuitable to for young people to watch.
But despite the darker side of the story in the second half, the theme is about never giving up, believing in your hopes and dreams and fighting hard to achieve them.
You can always tell how engaged an audience is by their reactions. Well on this occasion everyone was on their feet, singing, dancing and clapping to the massive show-stopping final song. It was a fantastic performance on so many levels, and we left the theatre buzzing.
Fame the Musical, you’re going to live forever!