Songs sung by young people have the power to move an audience in a way that the most talented, well trained, mature divas rarely do.
Whether it’s the purity of their voices or those innocent faces lit up by the sheer enjoyment of performing in public, it’s an experience that is as memorable as it is heart-warming.
Such is the warm glow surrounding this week’s musical theatre showcase by Chesterfield Studios at the town’s Pomegranate Theatre.
Blossoming talent and boundless energy motivated proud parents into a standing ovation last night (Tuesday, June 18) and a powerful show like this deserves a similar reaction at this evening’s final performance.
Highlights from the youngest performers include four songs from Matilda, with the kids putting their all into making Revolting Children an absolute treat for their audience, songs from Mary Poppins led by Emily Handford and a delightful performance of Be Back Soon from Oliver in which the little singers march on like an army of well-drilled soldiers.
The intermediate students turn back time to make a song and dance about the Fifties and Sixties before fast-forwarding to the Abba era and Thank You For the Music.
Of the ensemble singing, the best comes from the senior musical theatre who share beautiful renditions of Somebody to Love from We Will Rock You, Jar of Hearts and, in conjunction with the intermediate students, The Rose.
One of the show’s highlights is an exquisite version of Titanium, sung by Emily Handford, Charlotte Noaks, Holly Sumpton and Lucy Telfer, their spot-on harmonies do justice to this beautiful song.
Another is Edward Jowle’s outstanding performance of the operatic song A Chloris, his rich and controlled voice showing a maturity beyond that of a teenage singer.
The show, entitled Born to Perform, is dedicated to Holly Sumpton and Lucy Telfer whose talent has earned them places at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
In a last hurrah before leaving Chestefield, Lucy shares her amazing gift for singing in awesome renditions of Broadway Baby from Follies, With One Look from Sunset Boulevard and Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera as well as teaming up with her partner Edward Jowle for a tender duet of Somewhere from West Side Story.
Holly Sumpton’s solo parting shot is Pulled from the Addams Family Musical, which a singer of her calibre pulls off with ease even though it’s a difficult song to tackle.
However. it’s the duet Defying Gravity which sees Holly and Lucy go out on a high, leaving spectators in no doubt that these two graduates from Chesterfield Studios are destined for bigger shows in bigger theatres.