Glee all around at start of half term

MUSIC

High School Glee

The Maltings

THERE was a double dose of excitement in the air at The Maltings on Friday. Those in the predominantly young audience were excited about the start of their half-term break, but were positively ‘gleeful’ about what they were about to see on stage.

And the cast certainly delivered the goods. Although the opening few songs from ‘Glee’, including ‘Empire State of Mind’ and ‘Billionaire’ were somewhat hampered by the fact that one of the ensemble was running late, things definitely cranked up a notch when focus was switched to all things ‘High School Musical’.

Starting aptly as the first film does with ‘Start of Something New’, the five-strong cast got into their stride and what followed with the likes of ‘What Time Is It’, ‘Stick To The Status Quo’ and ‘Getcha Head In The Game’ was an all-singing, all dancing extravaganza, complete with a basketball-inspired routine.

The phrase save the best to last is often overused but ‘High School Musical’s best known songs were given top billing at the end of the first act; cue an array of swaying arms and clapping hands from the audience, some even decked out in Wildcats cheerleader uniforms, for ‘Breaking Free’ and ‘We’re All In This Together’.

It would be fair to say that the adults in the theatre were quite restrained during the opening half, but they came to life in the second act when ‘Glee’ took centre stage. Their vocal chords were given a work out with the likes of ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and their dance moves put to the test with ‘The Time Warp’. As the cast said themselves, a ‘Glee’ tribute is not complete without ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. It is the series’ calling card and was a fitting end to a fun-packed few hours.

SIMON DUKE