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The Music of Les Miserables Review


By Gordon Clayton - Posted on 13 August 2011

Dysart productions-Music of Les Misrables
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Show details
Company: 
Dysart Productions
Running time: 
65mins
Production: 
Rosie Hill (Director)
Performers: 
Cast of 20 members

Aspiring west end stars enhance their reputations in this tribute to Les Miserables and other Musicals. Despite the name the company are from down south and not from across the Forth.

The company themselves recruit their cast through auditions so it’s ironic that the format of the show is an audition for a production of Les Miserables. It’s a bit like ‘A Chorus line’ but without a tap shoe in sight. The first phase is various singers coming forward with their audition piece while the others lounge about waiting their turn, occasionally relieving their boredom by joining in. As you go in the audience is thanked for coming to the audition and for a moment you think you might be part of the entertainment. The casting director sits out front organising the wannabees and sets the real audition underway.

Opening with a number from West Side Story, the cast deliver the number with pace and clarity and you quickly realise the bonus of live performance backed by a great sound system.

Solos and Duets follow one after another all to high standard and some to excellence.

The quality of voice is there throughout but it’s the way some singers tell the story that catches the eye.

Vicky Buxton is one who knows how to get the most of her songs ‘When you’re good to Mama’ from Chicago and as Madame Thenardier in Les Mis. Laura Cooper’s song from ‘Cabaret’ was another example of leading lady material. Others that stood out for me were Callum Simon for Bui Doi, -David Reilly in all his roles and Brad Clapson for the Inn-keeper Thenardier and Gaston.

Sam Nunn, Matt Ronchetti, Anastasia Palikeras, Laura Phillips, Megan Gibson, James Gribble and Scott Hunter. all have voices to savour.

The principals and ensemble finish off the show with a medley from Les Miserable bringing good memories of this year’s 25th Anniversary Concert.

Show times: Runs to 29 Aug (not 15)

Tickets: £6.50 - £11-50

This was an excellent show from start to finish, it was cast like an audition for the show Les Miserables and even when not in the spotlight the young cast stil played their part very well.

During the solo auditions they were all of a very high standard with a few of excellent standard. Laura Phillips and Brad Clapson were excellent in both their solo's and also the roles of the Thenardiers, they played their parts exactly as they should be played.

The star of the show for me though had to be the young man who played Marius....David Reilly, he showed such emotion when singing Empty Chairs and Empty Tables the audience were amazed at the depth of feeling portrayed by such a young man.....an outstanding performance!!!!  He also sang a duet with another star of the show Megan Gibson, Megan's audition was All the wasted time from Parade....a song I have never heard before but again was amazed by the quality of both Megan and David.

I will definitely return to see this show as I was very impressed by the talent on show.  Well done to all the cast.