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Minotaur’s Charity Cabaret – review

Minotaur Theatre Company’s annual charity Cabaret night was once again a startling success. With songs from musicals ranging from Guys and Dolls to Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, by way of The Lord of the Rings; Minotaur have showcased their exceptional talent for singing, dancing and choreography, and their hard work has paid off once again.

Cabaret by Noah GeelanThis year’s Cabaret raised £1,500 for charity. Photo: Noah Geelan.

The evening started off in a particularly rousing style with a rendition of Pinball Wizard from the rock-opera Tommy. With the whole company in tow, it was clear from the start that the production was going to be special.

Followed by Me ‘Ol Bamboo from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, there is a measured diversity in the songs performed. Particularly strong is Cell Block Tango from Chicago, acted and sung robustly by Tina Baston, Milly Rolle, Susannah Martin, Izzy Daws, Mauve Hamill and Issy Luba.

However, Cabaret was not just about the music, as comperes Michael Clarke and Gabriel Jones provided sharp comic pieces, as per tradition, between the songs. They bounced off one another brilliantly as their scheming plan to steal the money raised was gradually uncovered. They were also creative, parodying Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, as well as providing a short film integrated within their act.

The first act illustrated diversity and sheer enjoyment, while the second employed a sadder undercurrent. Once We Were Kingsfrom Billy Elliot involved the whole company and created a startlingly beautiful mix of voices. In a similar fashion, the final year drama students’ rendition of The Party’s Over from The Bells Are Ringing, was a song of farewell which brought tears to the eyes of all watching.

The band deserves particular praise. As a group they brought an authentic sound to each song, and also demonstrated strong individual talents. They were very much part of the act, with interaction in the comedy segments alongside their own performances.

The show’s climax of King of Pride Rock from The Lion King was a perfect choice, encapsulating the energy, optimism and sheer joy that has gone into this year’s Cabaret.

The show was very much a combined effort, and it conveyed genuine enthusiasm for charities Assisting Cambodian Orphans and the Disabled Organization and the Elimu foundation. Choreographer Rachel Moss said “we’ve raised around £1,500 this year. Our target was £1,000 so we’re all really pleased.”

As another year passes, it is on to the next, and 2014’s show will have a lot to live up to with the standard shown this year. Bravo Minotaur on yet another startling success!

21/02/2013

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