I’d like to say a sincere well done to everyone involved with this wonderful production, and to encourage anyone who enjoys musical comedy and supporting the young talent of our Island to go and see it – from an audience member who went away singing and looking forward to the next SWYT show!
“…the show’s strength really lies in the talent and dedication of the whole cast,…”
All I can say to sum up, in the words of grumpy journalist Simon Sparks (a marvellous cameo from Leo Fitzpatrick) is “I don’t often say this, but I give it six stars.”
In fact, there are far more than six stars in this show – every one of the students (and a couple of teachers!) on stage, and every one of the production team behind it is a star!
Taking on a Shakespeare play is a challenge for any theatre group; even more so for a youth theatre whose average age is in the low teens. After all, all teenagers hate Shakespeare, right? Not so – for every single young actor taking part in The Taming of the Shrew at The Island Free School…
The magic of this production started with the cup of sweets at the entrance foyer, and continued inside as some of the characters came in and sat in the auditorium ahead of the show starting, ready to be introduced by the Narrator – a clever device. The Narrator himself, Noah Lovell, was just the right…
The infectiously energetic cast, comprised entirely of young Island performers (and Bobby Oddy) tackled Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless classic with a sophistication beyond their years – remaining consistently impressive across scenes both harrowing and hilarious.
“…what was most striking about this production was the vibrant energy of the cast, from start to finish – their clear camaraderie and their love for performing was a joy to see in a show that was an excellent comedic tonic to a dreary January day. Congratulations to all at Sandown Bay Academy on a fabulous production – and long may they continue to have that passion for performing, because that stage was packed with talent.”