City of Plymouth Theatre Company
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Guys and Dolls Jnr

City of Plymouth Youth Theatre Company, Devonport Playhouse, 5th – 6th Feb 2016

City of Plymouth Youth Theatre Company took to the stage to perform the timeless love story of Guys and Dolls which is set in New York in the 50’s. The style of clothes were spot on and the range of hairdos were fabulous. The Dolls’ bright lipstick and floaty dresses contrasted with the stern uniforms of the Missions Sisters creating a pleasing visual distinction.

Sarah Brown played by Shannon Jarvis and Sky Masterton played by Thomas Adams had great onstage chemistry. From their first song together, ‘I’ll Know’, love and hate simultaneously blossomed. Shannon played out Sarah’s conflicting feelings excellently and showed a different side to her character in ‘If I were a Bell’. The choreography for this number was very amusing.

Miss Adelaide (Alex Quirke) suffered terribly with a cold caused by being engaged to Nathan Detroit (William O’Brien) for 14 years, as detailed in ‘Adelaide’s Lament’. The comedic timing of her sneezes were perfect and her American showgirl voice perfectly suited the character.

The Dolls danced wonderfully throughout. They had mastered different styles with a fun Latin dance in Havana and a cheeky showgirl dance in ‘A Bushel and a Peck’.

The simple changes in scene were effective, especially the hanging wall used for the scenes in the Mission. It gave the illusion of the characters walking into a small building, separate from the background scene of the street.

Ensemble favourite, ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat’, led by Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Alex Robins) was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and had the audience wanting to sing along. Overall an excellent performance of a well-loved classic musical.

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