by Ashleigh Law (ROAR Student)
The World Community Theatre Premiere of Saturday Night Fever! Sounds big, exciting and a whole lot of fun. Redcliffe Musical Theatre have produced a show that’s just as good as it sounds. Singing and dancing its way through big musical numbers such as, You Should Be Dancing, Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever, the thirty strong cast produced an exciting show that had the whole audience on their feet, dancing away.
One stand out performer was Adam Goodall (Tony Manero). This 19 year old local portrayed his emotions well and had a firm grasp on the singing and dancing side of the show. His acting skills were commendable and was “way too good for a 19 year old” as some audience members remarked. Another who really stood out was Lily Ruve (Doreen). She stole the show before even opening her mouth, with her lovesick attitude for Tony. Her accent was perfect and she really embraced the “geekiness” of her character.
Solid performances were given by Simon Chamberlain as Bobby C, a young man struggling to decide what to do with his life, the leading ladies Rebel Lyons as Annette, and Michelle “Rebel” Murenec as Stephanie, who both had wonderful singing voices. Doug Harper (Fosco) and Stuart Boardman(Double J) portrayed their characters well. For once I am going to have to disagree with “Tony”. Sorry Rana, you gave a great performance but William Motunuu and Brodie Jones deserved the first place award. These two had great energy and new the dances well. They were both stand out performers and obviously trust each other, to be doing some of the dancing they were. Great Job!
Costumes, lighting and set were all excellent and helped create the 70’s mood. The set was extremely versatile and the excellent lighting helped accentuate the amazing performance given. Costumes were excellent and suited the era it was it in. The small band of ten sounded twice their size and played well. Take a bow guys! Altogether Saturday Night fever was an excellent show, performed at a high standard. The actors are to be commended as well as all backstage, lighting, costume crew and others involved with this great show. Congratulations Madeleine, you have produced a winner!