Presented by Adelaide Youth Theatre
Reviewed 22nd of January
This production is endorsed by the Pacific Islands Council of South Australia and celebrates cultural diversity through both the Wind and Sea casts. On the evening we attended it was the Wind cast who took to the stage and from the opening acknowledgements we were transported to an island adventure full of beautiful colours and larger than life characters. The musical numbers draw you in and you feel yourself trying to belt out your favourites from behind your face mask, whilst also resisting the temptation to launch up from out of your seat and dance in the aisles (sitting still and remaining silent through Your Welcome is really hard). A giant gold hip hoping crab is also quite a remarkable sight and adds an extra element of fun to the show, as does Pua and Hei Hei.
The talent of these young performers is quite incredible and easily compares to some of the adult productions I have seen over the years. It is also a credit to all that there is no one stand out performer but instead everyone is equal in drawing in the audience and creating the magic that makes this production so wonderful. The ensemble is lovely to watch and makes each scene larger and brighter while also showing off the beautiful costumes and drawing attention to the simple but effective set.
Everyone involved in this production should be proud as it is quite an accomplishment to keep toddlers enthralled for a full 60 minutes, whilst also keeping teens and adults interested from start to finish. It is a great family show and this reviewer’s family thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Tara Forbes-Godfrey