Past Shows

Past shows, pictures and NODA/ACT reviews.  Click on the pictures to enlarge: 
 
2017 - FAME
For ACT review click here
 
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2016: Starlight Express -

AWARD WINNING SHOW - MOST ORIGINAL YOUTH PERFORMANCE

 
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When it was announced that Starlight Express was to be released to youth groups, “How can they achieve the skating, and how could it be staged” was the response. Staging this show could be compared to an arena rock band presentation; all the theatrical departments have to come together as one to create a visual experience. At TEMPO, a fearless production team was engaged and the journey began.

John Slevin designed a clever set including three tunnel arches, levels stage left and right, and rail track around the flat of the auditorium. This gave the cast several routes to enter, exit and race. John also designed the most exciting and dramatic lighting plot. The visual splendour was a sight to behold.

Once again Owen Lewis’s sound design brought the vocals and orchestra into a mega mix adding to the production values.

Costumes which have to depict the engines, carriages, trucks and rolling stock were creatively designed by TEMPO members. A special mention must go to Lindsey Barnes for the engine styled race helmets. Every character became part of the railroad and their presentation was completed with hair and make-up by the team from Macclesfield College.

For this type of show the director has to be the captain of the ship, having the concept and bringing on board all the other technical elements. Here we had this production's successful formula.

On a health and safety issue stewards were present for the races. As stewards they did became part of the action and some costuming was needed to complete the picture. 

Musically the score was well read and the band was in great form. With all the extra elements the cast members had to contend with, they also had to know their music, and they did.

The choreography / movement express character and storytelling as in ballet. Each routine and armography was another important element and were very well expressed in this theatrical jigsaw.

Eight groups of characters that were all convincing in their roles made important contributions; and the team work that is essential for this show was clearly evident. Annabell Haastrup, as Pearl, the dining car carriage, gave a performance filled with such understanding and depth; the other carriages were engaging.

Flattop,a brick truck, was effectively portrayed by Eliza Beresford as were the Hip Hoppers 1, 2, and 3 played by Jacob Beresford, Tommy Seymour and Jude Smith.

The Engines have to be so defined and stylised and able to sustain characters throughout all the action and the actors didn’t disappoint.  

Ben Lynch, as Greaseball, the rock ‘n’ roller, fitted well into the “pumping iron” character. For the future Joe Griffiths effortlessly portrayed Electa. He simply glided round the performance space. Now “No One Does It Like a Steam Train” Poppa was cast over the youth group age band. In saying that Max Fone, also co-director contributed mightily. The other steam loco, Rusty, was strikingly played by Sam Ashall. He got right under the steel plates of the character.

Everyone involved in the production reach the winning post together and the audience responded with enthusiastic applause  
  
2015 - LES MISERABLES
ACT: "This juggernaut of a musical ploughs its way through Victor Hugo’s novel taking no prisoners .... every character is an integral part of the story. From the first down beat of the prologue the adrenalin rush was visible. It didn’t take long for the cast to get into the driving seat and they then drove the drama throughout .... the audience revelled in the performances". For the full review click here
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ODA: "An outstanding show with wonderful costumes and set, and some tremendous performances. This is one of my favourite shows and I’ve seen different variations and can say this was up with the  best". For the full review click here
"Spotlight Awards" by the Association of Community Theatre
Nomination: Most Accomplished Ensemble Performance
Nomination: Most Creative Comic Portrayal - Eliza Beresford for Madame Thenardier
WINNER: Most Original Character Actor - Sam Gilliatt for Javert
Nomination: Most Original Character Actor - Ben Jones for Valjean
Nomination: Most Original Character Actress - Eleanor Fielding for Cosette
 
 
 
 
2014 - GREASE
ACT: "Hand-jiving to the historic movement for “Greased Lightning” the chorographer extracted every drop of energy. The “Greaseometer” of enjoyment has to be seeing the audience on its feet mirroring the movement for the reprise of “Greased Lightning” and singing along."  Full review click here.
NODA: "This show was well suited for this society using all the potential, not only of the seniors but of the new thread of youngsters coming through. The dances throughout were very well choreographed and performed excellently by such a large cast." 
"Spotlight Awards" by the Association of Community Theatre
WINNER - Most Original Dance Performance - Youth - Jane Wood 
Nomination - Most Original Youth Production Concept
Nomination - Most Creative Comic Portrayal - Youth - Caitlin Goman for Jan
WINNER - Most Original Character Actress in a Musical - Youth - Eliza Beresford for Rizzo
Nomination - Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical - Youth - Dom Sutton for Danny
Nomination - Most Accomplished Actress in a Musical - Youth - Hannah Lawson for Sandy
 
 
 
2013 - MISS SAIGON
ACT: "A most watchable production. splendidly worked and which radiated naturalistic performances".  Full review click here.
"NODA" - "Tempo tackled this project with such talent and maturity far beyond their years, all pulled together by Director Adam Whittle". Full review click here 
 “Spotlight Awards” by the Association of Community Theatre
WINNER - Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical (Youth) - Hannah Lawson for Kim
Nomination - Most Accomplished Actor in a Musical (Youth) - Ben Ryan for Chris
Nomination - Most Original Character Portrayal in a Musical (Youth) - Dom Sutton for The Engineer
Nomination - Most Original Character Portrayal in a Musical (Youth) - Jennifer Kent for Ellen

 
2012 - THE HOT MIKADO
ACT: "The energy from the young performers never flagged and they gleefully swept the audience along.  This joyous explosion of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado was discharged with cool style".
 “Spotlight Awards” by the Association of Community Theatre. 
Winner - Most Original Dance Performance (Youth)
Winner - Most Original Character Portrayal in a Musical Youth - Dom Sutton for KoKo
Nomination - Most Accomplished Actress in a Musical Youth - Hannah Lawson for Yum Yum 

2011 - WEST SIDE STORY
"What a fabulous show this was … the production proved to me that the reputation for excellence which SCAMPS enjoys is very well deserved”.
"This was an evening of energy, attack and pace, and the audience was most responsive."
“Spotlight Awards” by the Association of Community Theatre. 
Nomination - Barbara Herd  - “Most Committed to Theatre”
Winner - Most Original Production Concept (Youth)
Winner - Most Original Character Portrayal (Youth) - Jennifer Kent for Maria

2010 - FOOTLOOSE 
 

2009 - BUGSY MALONE
NODA - "A balanced mixture of newcomers and old hands made up the cast for this favourite of junior shows. SCAMPS productions attract the cream of the local junior talent --- the show went off at a cracking pace, the costumes were excellent and the multipurpose set was most effective. Well done everyone involved."  

2008 - 42nd Street.
NODA - "The traditional opening of a partly raised curtain revealing tap dancing feet set the mood for this vigorous production with performances from the talented cast that belied their youthful years.  This show places great demands on the dancing ability of the cast and SCAMPS excelled in this department. Congratulations all round"   

 
2007 - SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS.
NODA - "This brave choice of show for a cast of young performers, average age 16, paid off for SCAMPS with lively performances from principals and chorus alike. The scenes were well set, costumes were great and the show moved at a cracking pace. Congratulations all round, especially to the compilers of the programme." 
 
2006 - SUMMER HOLIDAY
NODA - "The musical numbers require the exuberance of youth to be performed to their best advantage and this production by SCAMPS had that in abundance"
 
2005 - FAME
NODA - "Yet another top class production by this multi—talented youth company.  The ensemble routines were lively, tuneful and performed with breathtaking vigour. The entire production was a credit to all involved."
 
2004 - SWEET CHARITY - NODA Nomination 
NODA - "Previous performances by this multi-talented company have earned well deserved acclaim and NODA awards, but in my humble opinion Sweet Charity is the best to date"  
 
2003 - BARNUM - NODA Nomination
NODA - "A challenging choice for any Society, Barnum was performed by this award winning youth company with a panache and brilliance beyond their years"

2002 - COPACABANA - NODA Best Youth Musical. 
NODA - "This production would have graced the stage of any theatre in the country such was the professionalism of every aspect.  The entire production was entertainment of the highest standard receiving a well deserved standing ovation at the final curtain and all concerned should be proud of their involvement."

2001 - CRAZY FOR YOU - NODA Joint Best Youth Award.
2000 - WEST SIDE STORY
1999 - RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
1998 - GUYS AND DOLLS
1997 - THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Best Staged Musical, Buxton Music Festival.
1996 - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
1995 - HALF A SIXPENCE
1994 - BYE BYE BIRDIE
1993 - SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
1992 - GREASE
1991 - WEST SIDE STORY
1990 - ANNIE
1989 - GODSPELL
1988 - OLIVER
1987 - GREASE
1986 - OKLAHOMA
1985 - BUGSY MALONE
1984 - OLIVER
1983 - THE WIZARD OF OZ