Please, don’t stop the beat at this show

Musicality at the YMCA
Musicality at the YMCA

Summer has arrived with the annual seasonal show from YMCA Productions.

Wether it’s wet and chilly outside – inside this theatre it’s sunny and warm.

The company, of mainly young people, present the best songs from four musicals – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray, Marry Poppins and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The programme is full of exuberant song and dance, comedy and moments of great sadness – Alex Cormack’s Close Every Door to Me from Joseph was truly moving.

It also has spectacle – the glorious multi-coloured coat and Chitty car are just some of the highlights of this brilliantly-costumed, imaginatively-staged, wonderfully-orchestrated and well-lit show.

Chelsea Cook, Nathan Forbes, Jake Newlove and Leah Cormack do the main honours in Chitty – with Me Ol Bamboo and the title songs the best from the eight-number act.

Juliette Scarborough as Tracey Turnbald was the stand-out turn in Hairspray in an ensemble piece which was fantastic.

Her leading man was Andrew Howson as Link Larkin – who did shine in Hairspray and really came into his own as Bert in Mary Poppins. His leading lady here was Katie Doubtfire who matched him note for note, move for move.

Stand-out numbers were Spoonful of Sugar, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

The show closes with Joseph – Polly Aconley’s voice was put to great use as the narrator and the aforementioned Alex Cormack was truly wonderful in the main role – doing Any Dream and Close Every Door.

In the words of the hit song from Hairspray You Can’t Stop The Beat – and why would you want to?

It’s on each Monday to Thursday until August 31.