Presented by Adelaide Youth Theatre
Reviewed 26 April 2019
Adelaide Youth Theatre scores goals with their latest production, Disney’s High School Musical Jr. AYT yet again delivers an entertaining and enjoyable night at the theatre. The musical follows high school students auditioning for the annual school production.
Thomas Phillips’ direction was outstanding. Utilising not only the very intimate stage but also his large cast to entertain the whole way through. Ray Cullen’s projections are detailed and effective eliminating the need for large clunky sets. Musical Director, Jesse Buddel, has produced a well-rehearsed cast and vocal arrangements suited perfectly for young voices. Voices shone from correct training and guidance from a true expert in his field. Rosanna Commisso has catered her choreography effectively. Tailoring it to suit all of her performers to many different abilities to give everyone strength. Dancers are animated, dynamic and accurate.
Nathan Stafford (Troy) and Gemma Dandie (Gabriella) have wonderful chemistry on stage and both shine in their harmonies and performances. It’s always a delight to watch these two perform. Caley Watt (Sharpay) and Oscar Bridges (Ryan) provide essential sass and dynamics to their duo. But the absolute stand-out performance was Kiara Linke (Ms Darbus). Her portrayal of Darbus was far beyond her years, not just in voice but also delivery of character. Every time Linke set foot on stage you knew you were in for a treat with her charismatic charm.
A special mention to William Hambidge-Hay (Jack Scott); his comic timing and sheer enjoyment of his character were enjoyed by all.
An energetic and fun show with lots of catchy songs you’ll remember from the movie. But also, a lovely story of boy meets girl from very different worlds and falling in love.
Reviewed by Nadine Wood
Venue: Star Theatres
Season: Until 28 April 2019
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $20 – $30