A little imagination can go a long way as students from a performance arts school showed in their summer production.
The accent was on beautiful ballet, rhythmical tap and edgy contemporary dance but awesome gymnastics, sparkling singing and magical drama also crept into Directions Theatre Arts showcase at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.
Dance shows are normally the preserve of young girls but this presentation featured a ten-strong troupe of mature ladies - the eldest was 70 - dressed as military personnel tapping their way through Bugle Boy.
It also flagged up the dance and gymnastic talents of the school’s teenage boys, particularly Dominic Stevenson, Josh Crowther and James Morgan whose breath-taking leaps and spins in atmospheric street dances and the emotionally-charged smoochy number Ain’t No Sunshine were among the highlights.
Tiny Makenzie Marples was a rock star in the making, giving it plenty of attitude as he struck a pose with his plastic guitar and T BIrd bomber jacket in the Grease Lightening sketch.
In a lone solo song, golden-voiced Emma Southworth accompanied ballet dancers in scarlet red costumes in their interpretation of Colours of the Wind.
An impressive contemporary dance routine saw a senior student act as a maypole for scarves held by fellow performers who whirled around the stage without tying themselves up in knots.
Tap dancers used drum sticks to hammer out rhythms on the metal parts of their shoes in a piece which Directions showcased at Disneyland Paris, as was the production’s finale You Can’t Stop The Beat.
A magical opening to the show saw Christmas come early with cute little girls in beautiful dresses handing out lollipops to spectators while kids trimmed up a tree on stage. The festivities continued with present opening, a petulant boy breaking his sister’s toy and the toy soldier coming to life.
This Nutty Nutracker piece of musical theatre featured wonderful dancing by Ruby Payne as the girl, caught in a struggle between the soldier, played by Josh Crowther, and King Rat, characterised by James Morgan.
After a heroic rescue, the lead characters danced across the globe, encountering well-drilled and prettily-dressed Geisha girls, tap-dancing Russian Cossacks and respectful Indian ballet dancers.
Nine choreographers, led by school founder Julie M. Cox, created this showcase in which students demonstrated that they have the world at their feet.