ON Saturday I headed with my children to the Stamford Arts Centre for Image Musical Theatre’s production of Hansel and Gretel - a family participation musical it stated on the poster, and if you just wanted to sit back and relax this one was not for you.
We had a great time - starting off with a rehearsal workshop, the cast of just 4 introduced themselves and engaged the whole audience with vocal and physical warm ups, we were then prepared for our singing roles and learnt words and actions to 3 songs. 10 lucky children were chosen to go back stage and prepare to their delight for their starring roles as either a tree, gingerbread man, fox, bird or squirrel.
After a short interval the musical started with both children and adults getting in on the action - my children really enjoyed themselves as they remembered when and what to sing and which actions to do.
Everyone got involved and it was a great family friendly atmosphere with not a spare seat in the house. The cast, Tony Scott George, Jennifer Skapeti, April Lydon and Michael Storrs, were excellent and their boundless energy and excellent singing voices were what made the show a huge success. They really engaged with the audience and with such expressive acting bought this great European fairy tale to life.
This was a real family treat in a really friendly atmosphere and a great introduction for young children to the theatre and I, for one would definitely head back to the Stamford Arts Centre and will be keeping my eye out for Image Musical Theatre’s spring and summer production of The Wizard of Oz.
To find out more about Image Musical Theatre visit www.imagemusicaltheatre.co.uk and for further information about the Stamford Arts Centre visit www.stamfordartscentre.com
Review by Liz McMurray.