Cabaret Festival

Cabaret Festival Review: Class of Cabaret

This wonderful program showcases new talent for young performers

This wonderful program showcases new talent for young performers

Presented by: Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed: 22 June, 2023

This program displays the talents and skills of a collection of students from all over South Australia who have been given the chance to work with mentors to develop their skills. With mentors Joanne Hartstone and Mark Oates these students have worked for one semester to hone their skills and work on creations that allow them to express their individuality. After succeeding at audition last year the students were lucky to have the expertise of their mentors both of whom have vast experience in theatre.

Under the direction of Brock Roberts and with the help of vocal coach Ciara Ferguson, the entire cast of 16 are split into two halves to present their pieces. Although the entire cohort is involved in each presentation, only half of the individual pieces are included in each show. For this reason it would have been better to review both halves. Unfortunately I was only able to attend the first show.

Both the opening and closing numbers contained some interesting combinations of musical styles and some beautiful harmonies demonstrating how well they had worked together. The individual pieces were well prepared and mostly amusing. They encompassed differing subjects using in some cases clever rewriting of the words to familiar songs. Each member had crafted a piece around their own experiences from the love of cats to the problem of being a female drummer.
Each year this production demonstrates new talent and gives a few young performers the chance to expand on their experience and audiences the chance to see new talent and know that the future is bright.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards

Photo credit: Claudio Raschella

Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: ended

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