MEMBERS of Starlight Theatre UK celebrated the group’s first anniversary by staging a Summer Showcase at Longbridge Methodist Church last night (Friday).
The show was a mixture of mimes, sketches, songs and extracts from the company’s musicals.
The best performer on the night went to Faustina Titus-Glover who excelled throughout, particularly during her gym sketch.
Cameron Simpson showed what an absolute talent he is with a perfect piano performance that provided a quality stream of music for the whole production.
From the opening rendition of God Save the Queen, to his accompanying soundtrack for the sketches, including some originating from Laurel and Hardy, his playing was faultless.
He also doubled as the evening’s compere but his performance in that role could not match his tinkling ivory skills.
Fred Gold was solid on the guitar and performed his version of The Beatles’ Drive My Car.
Scott Cartwright, the founder of the group, Liam Head and Kieran Shoyinka also all played their part during the evening and there were some good acting performances, particularly during the mimes, and flashes of funniness.
Cartwright’s self-penned Boat Called Love was definitely among the highlights, beautifully written and performed, and Head’s ‘Queen stand-up’, whilst arguably treasonistic, earned a few chuckles from the audience.
The DC v Marvel sketch was a touch niche for the audience and a bigger reaction was needed at the from the gorilla (Shoyinka) during the ‘punchline moment’ in the classic panto sketch.
Starlight’s original musical Dead Bodies looked interesting but we could have done with a bigger snippet to get a better flavour of what the show was about.
And more of preliminary explanation going into some of the sketches would also have been welcomed so we knew a bit more about what we were watching.
But it would be unfair to judge the group on this celebratory showcase and the true test will come when it stages its first full musical – The Things I Could Never Tell Steven by Jye Bryant which will be performed at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on October 29.
There are open auditions for roles in that musical at 7pm on Tuesday, July 23, at Longbridge Methodist Church.
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The Summer Showcase will also be performed at 5pm this evening at Longbridge Methodist Church. Admission is £5 on-the-door.
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