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December 20 2019, David Beach Youth Competition Reviews The David Beach Competition


Clevedon School

13th December 2019

Grease is the word!


Wow, Grease is most definitely still the word.

I spent an amazing night on Friday, watching Clevedon School’s production of Grease and what a production it was. I sat enthralled from start to finish, from your energetic, cleverly choreographed opening routine, with every cast member totally involved with an incredible rendition of “Grease is the Word” through to the finish, giving us all the opportunity to stand up, dance and sing along. Just brilliant!

Your set worked well, thank you for showing me around after the show, how clever to turn the whole auditorium around, having raked seating so we could all watch what was going on, and suspending your band over the stage. Your costumes, hair, makeup, co-ordinated footwear, clever lighting, all came together to ensure our attention stayed focussed on the show all night.

What fantastic voices your lead singers have, a special well done to Rowan who stepped in at three weeks’ notice, when your original Sandy, Taylor, managed to break her foot. You are so lucky to have such talent available at that short notice. What incredible voices you both have and I am sure star-studded futures ahead of you.

All your principal characters sang, acted and danced their socks off from beginning to end. It was clear they had been well directed, choreographed and musically put through their paces, ensuring we watched a fast paced, energetic show.

Your ensemble did you proud. It was great to see so many youngsters involved and working hard with their routines and again, your MD must have worked all so hard to achieve the standard of singing we heard.

Watching so much young talent on the stage, the future of musical theatre in Somerset looks good. It was great to find a secondary school that embraces the arts as wholeheartedly as Clevedon School clearly does.

Very many thanks for having me; it was a great evening, spent with a highly talented school.

Dendy Harris


Somerset Fellowship of Drama’s David Beach Youth Competition