Reviews 2018 – 2019

JANE EYRE – 2018 NORWICH PLAYHOUSE (not reviewed)
 The local newspapers choose not to review our young people’s work.

THE BATTLE OF BOAT 2018 – EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

★★★★

Bringing a production of any description to Edinburgh is a major undertaking, and doing so with a young cast like that in Norfolk YMT’s production of The Battle of Boat is even more to be admired – all that effort is without point if the young cast are not up to it, but this was a well-rehearsed, talented company who were worth 2 hours of anyone’s time. The small space available was well used, with sections like the church and schoolroom and the voyage in the boat very effectively staged by Director and MD Adrian Connell.

OLIVER! 2018 – MADDERMARKET THEATRE (not reviewed)
 The local newspapers choose not to review our young people’s work.

Album: 2019 Sound of Music – The Vackees

Evening News Review 18 April 2019 A brilliant, charming and fun-filled performance. The Norfolk Youth Music Theatre took to the stage at the Norwich Playhouse last night for their debut performance of The Sound of Music. Last night’s performance by the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre included performers from the age of eight to twenty-five years old. Intrigued as to how such a young cast would pull of a musical with so many adult characters, it was wonderful to see that they managed it so well. With the professionalism that they graced the stage with, it was easy to forget this was a youth theatre group performance. From the nuns’ opening song, the audience were whisked away to the Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, Austria. This set a high standard for the singing which throughout was beyond impressive. This young cast have incredibly powerful voices that hit all the high notes. It was obvious that the cast were enjoying performing the delightful and catchy songs which added to the feel-good factor of the story. It should be noted that there are a couple of extra songs in the stage version that were cut from the 1965 film; it was lovely to see these included. The acting was as equally impressive as the singing; the characters were really brought to life on stage. They were as lovable as they are in the film version, especially Maria, Georg and the children who were adorable. Of course, Uncle Max added the humour with his materialistic jokes. It was nice to see such a great bond between the cast members which really helped with the portrayal of the family dynamics (even if Georg is a bit strict to begin with!). The romances were believable and heart-felt too. The revelations towards the end still have the ability to shock an audience, even when they know what to expect. A nod must be given to the musical direction, sound effects and lighting which all added to the performance and especially the drama towards the end. The costumes were also very authentic. The performance had all the charm and drama that is to be expected from The Sound of Music. The talent of these young performers stretches way beyond their years. It was lovely to see such a brilliant, charming and fun-filled performance of this classic musical which was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience.