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24/07/2019 NODA Review of our recent production of Cats

Delighted to receive our NODA review of our recent production of Cats, from Sue Dupont!

Lucky to have NODA President Jacquie visit

Sue Dupont writes:

Dear Zelda,
Thank you very much for the invitation to see Limelight Theatre company in the production of ‘Cats’. Thank you also for hosting and having NODA President Jacquie to visit you at the dress rehearsal which she enjoyed immensely, would have loved to have stayed to see the show but her programme prevented, and she was so pleased to talk with the children.

NODA review sings praises of Limelight team

Sue, goes on to say:

40 children age 6 to 16 years filled the Maddermarket stage and thrilled us with their performance. A clever minimal set of levels and props, the T.S Elliott Builders Yard was perfect to show off those excellent ‘boiler-suit’ cat costumes from Petersfield Theatre Company, imaginative lighting to give atmosphere, fantastic makeup designed Hannah Rolfe, all pleasing on the eye.”

“The director Zelda Rolfe with her Creative Team of Cat Chapman (choreography – outstanding) and Sarah Browne (music) brought out all the talents in this mixed age Limelight group, and capitalised on the commitment shown throughout.”

NODA review tells of fantastic cast

As Munkertrap, 11 yr old Leo masterminded so much of the action, was always there on time with great energy and personality and clear voice. Finn, aged 14 yr took his place of command in that tree branch chair and supervised as Old Deuteronomy. And the action of so many character cats with those dancing moves and full-voiced well learned lyrics just took off for us all in that Jellicle Ball. The entry of the tiny 6 and 7-year-old kittens brought out the Kleenex, and how good they were and knew songs and moves, loved their black and white suits.

So many lovely cat portrayals, the costumes showing some of the traits and foibles, clever, and we all have our favourites; Kieran as Rum Tum Tigger with that full-on personality and vigour and vocals; an excellent tale teller and character actor (and mover) Fabian as Gus the Theatre Cat assisted by young Jellylorum from Tianna.

We meet The Old Gumble Cat (Jennyanydots) from Phoebe, the White Cat dancing by Daniella, Zoe as Griddlebone, August as Demeter, Millie as Bombalurina, James as Caricopat. A very sophisticated ‘music hall’ black and white Bustopher Jones by Lucas, the mischievous and flexible double-act cat burglars Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer from the irrepressible Molly and Gabriella, the timing of Chloe as Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat leading that big number, and that pure soprano from Rosemary as Jemima the youngest Jellicle. And just needing to be more than 10 years, I can see Samuel as dancer Mr Mistoffolees going for Matthew Bourne in the future (and that is his ambition).

Finally, that amazing maturity and purity of voice, with the power, how can an 11-year-old be so calm in this famous song, Eve was outstanding in all notes as Grizabella with ‘Memory’.”

NODA sums ups

“It is the overall impression of dedicated and hard work needed to reach this standard in all characters, the full volume and enthusiasm from the Company in the big numbers, they were totally immersed in all that they gave to their full ability on stage, this Limelight group showed what can be achieved with no weak links throughout, but also that they enjoyed the whole enterprise and performed with this great energy and teamwork, certainly they deserved the full houses and applause.”

Limelight Theatre Company thanks NODA

It was wonderful to have the support of NODA with this, our most recent production. With 5 performances, over 4 days and rehearsals from the beginning of the year, everyone certainly worked hard and this lovely review shows just how that hard work paid off!

Have a look at the NODA review in full here.

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I hope you’re well and enjoying the sun! I just wondered if you could let Hayley know how much Grace is loving the drama sessions on Saturday morning. Grace really looks forward to them and it has been a real highlight during our lock-down (we’ve enjoyed listening to her perform!) Hayley is so good with them all and Grace really gets a lot out of it and I just wanted to say thank you for keeping them going. Thank you, Hayley, and all at Limelight!

Bonnie – mum to one of our online students, Grace