LTCY Phantom of the Opera – Review

The Phantom of the Opera – LTC Youth, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton.

The word has spread about the talents of LTC Youth as the five nights of The Phantom of the Opera were sold out weeks ago.

Due to restrictions placed on performances of the show by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, LTC Youth were only allowed to perform five shows under the terms of the licence.

Sadly they could have sold out a summer season such was the demand for tickets from both fans of the show and supporters of LTC.

It is such a shame that more people were unable to see the sterling performances from this talented cast of youngsters.

There was not a wrong note nor wrong step from any of the cast. The ensemble work was stunning with dancers and singers hitting their marks every time. The lead performers drew you into the bizarre world of the disfigured titular character and showed that experience need not be everything on stage when you have passion and understanding.

From a company that are mainly still at school, artistic director John Bowness has pulled a level of performance that would grace a professional stage. From the opening curtain you could have been watching a West End show.

The cast manage to convey emotions beyond their years and the principals work superbly well together to bring the protagonists to life. From weak promoters – out to make money from the opera – to the singers and dancers who perform in the opera and from there onto the divas and ultimately the Phantom these youngsters never falter.

This is a show that relies on strong leads and Jack Hawkins, as the Phantom, Emmie Doyle, as Christine, and Oliver Last, as Raoul, drive the show on to its dramatic climax.

Aaron Titterton, as Piangi, and India Burnton, as Carlotta provided comedy and I found myself wondering who India’s character reminded me of and it was only after I got home that I realised it was Lena Lamont in Singing in the Rain.

LTC youth has a great cast that push forward the drama, both in song and dance, and take the audience through to the dramatic climax. The company are lucky to have so many youngsters that can take on lead roles that it only adds to the depth of performance when some of them play support.

 

A mesmerising and wonderful night of theatre that sadly some are going to have to miss due to limitations on the number of performances.

Bill Pritchard

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