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What a fabulous celebration of musicals the current show at The Little Theatre is!
I went to see ‘Encore’ with a friend last night, on it’s opening night, and was really impressed with the show, which is a revue, directed by Elaine Cox.

There was a superb selection of old and new musicals featured. These included songs from the nostalgic ‘My Fair Lady, Annie, West Side Story, Chess and the more modern likes of ‘Shrek’, ‘Lucky Stuff and ‘How to Suceed In Business Without Really Trying.’

The highlights for me were ‘I could have Danced all night’ and ‘Being Alive’, sang and acted amazingly by Lisa Tatler. ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story’ also had some beautiful group harmonies in. ‘If Momma Was Married’ was performed by two young ladies who exuded real charisma. ‘I Still Believe’ from Miss Saigon was brilliantly sang by Lauren King. ‘All Alone’ from ‘Spamalot! and You could Drive a Person Crazy’ were excellent comedy numbers, just to name a few.

The children in the show also did a great performance of ‘When Children Rule The World’ from Whistle Down The Wind. In fact the children shined in many numbers throughout the production. A young boy poignantly sang one of my favourite numbers from ‘Billy Elliot’ : ‘ Electricity’ He was also a good tap dancer! It’s heart warming seeing so many talented youngsters on stage.

Additionally, there was a fantastic group- tap dancing routine to ‘42nd Street’ - from the show with the same name. Choreography was very well done, and executed, by Corinna Davies and Chloe Morris.

The band were absolutely phenomenal with some brilliant saxophone solos too.

Musical direction was by Adam Dutch and Gill Harris.

It was helpful having two small screens at both sides of the stage displaying the name of the show that each song was from as they were performed. There was an interval of 20 minutes where you could buy tea or coffee, an ice cream, chocolate, crisps, sweets or a drink in the bar. Raffle tickets were also on sale. Act 2 was finished by twenty past nine which I thought was a nice length.

As always, the production team have worked so hard, together with the cast, band, crew, wardrobe, props, technicians and front of house staff.

So come on and get YOUR tickets now from the box office and support live theatre!

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