Trip back in time
High school world all-too familiarREVIEWED BY BRITTANY PICKETT
OPINION: Back to the 80s, directed by Michael Buick and Melanie Bradley
Scrunchies, Letterman jackets and leg warmers, as well as some impressive performers took the stage last night in Back to the 80s at the Civic Theatre.
The show follows the 1989 graduating class of William Ocean High School through their final year of song and dance numbers, high school romances and awkward encounters.
Told from the perspective of former pupil Corey Palmer (Jack Fraser), we see him face-off with the most popular boy in school, Michael Feldman (Sam Robertson) to win the affections of popular girl Tiffany Houston (Martha McSoriley).
At the start of Neil Gooding's show I worried the Invercargill Musical Theatre performers were biting off more than they could chew with a shaky start to Wham's classic Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.
By the first chorus I was pleasantly surprised how well the performers and costumes brought the song back and dragged me into a high school world that was both all too familiar and a little before my time.
The musical numbers showed an impressive array of talent and were perfectly complemented by a range of choreography that brought back some dance moves long thought lost to the 1980s.
The young cast definitely outshone the older cast members with not only their impressive singing and dancing skills but also with their character believability.
Ewen Rodway, who played the excessively nerdy Feargal McFerrin, was a standout for his performance of Video Killed the Radio Star. Not only did he keep up his character's nasally American accent but he managed to stay perfectly in tune as well, a difficult talent to master.
The entire cast did a superb job at taking the audience back to high school and making us feel empathy for every awkward and embarrassing moment their characters faced, as well as for all their triumphs.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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