A Slice of Saturday Night is set in the 1960s at the Club A Go Go owned by ageing 'Rubber Legs', Eric Devine, played by Stephen Morris. As the club owner, he does a better job of leading the group of seventeen-year-olds astray than supervising them. Anything to make a buck, he encourages a distasteful bet amongst the lads that involves Eddie, played by Nathan French and 'Frigid' Bridget, played by Brooke Edwards.
Relive the nostalgia of 1960s songs inspired by the Rolling Stones, Sonny and Cher and the Beatles. Some of the numbers you'll enjoy are: Club a Go-Go, Seventeen, Don't Touch Me, Twiggy, Boy of My Dreams, It Wouldn't Be Saturday Night Without a Fight, Baby I Love You. We can all remember the excitement of being seventeen and primping ourselves for a Saturday night out. The girls spend hours making themselves look irresistible and the boys…well, let's just say that they did their best and still managed to scrub up well.
The storyline goes along the lines of boys meet girls with the boys seeking a one-night stand and the girls seeking the boys of their dreams who will sweep them off their feet in a flurry of romance. What they get instead are boys who are drinking themselves silly and popping pills, not to mention the distasteful bet. There are breakups and makeups and a fling of cupid's arrow that may or may not have hit the target. As the night draws to a close the result of the night's bet unfolds in cringe-worthy fashion.
I'm not sure if it was opening night nerves but instead of opening with a bang as you would expect from a musical, the first few numbers were flat and I felt as though I was watching a dress rehearsal. The actors stared over the audience's heads and performed their song and dance in a mechanical fashion with minimal expression or pizzazz. There was a lack of energy and facial and body expression, which I felt, resulted in little audience engagement with the characters.
Director, Steven Days, and crew are to be credited for the set design. Lighting and sound was a bit of a hit and miss. There were moments when the lighting lifted the mood and looked beautiful but I felt the masterful skill of creating dynamic appeal and a touch of magic that good lighting techniques can bring was not sustained throughout the production.
The sound could have been turned up a few notches to reflect the mood of a nightclub and allow the vibe to lift moods and get feet tapping and bodies swaying in the audience. Some vocal performances were not on point. I think what would really transform the energy in this production is having the cast loosen up and enjoy the ride; become the characters, and most importantly, sing their hearts out.
A Slice of Saturday Night is fun to watch. By the second act, the energy levels lifted after the actor's interacted with the audience during the interval and possibly realised that this was the real deal and not a dress rehearsal. What I liked about A Slice of Saturday Night were the costumes, songs, funny one-liners and the red carpet treatment that made you feel you were actually going clubbing. I've no doubt that the momentum will pick up in the next few performances and you'll have yourself a blast of a night.
Spotlight Theatre is the Gold Coast's leading community theatre showcasing top quality productions from the best talent the Gold Coast has to offer. Not only does it allow brilliant young talent to showcase their amazing capabilities but the shows are affordable and such good value.
Spotlight Theatre is set up in dinner theatre style allowing you to sit at a table and enjoy a drink and snack while being entertained. It is a licensed venue offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and even a blanket to wrap around yourself if you find yourself getting chilly in the theatre.
Reviewed on the 22th of March 2019 by Jacqx Melilli
Director/ Music Director Steven Days Choreographer: Stewart Matthews
Cast 'Rubber Legs' Eric Devine Stephen Morris Gary and Terry Mitchell Walsh Rick Mike Capri Eddie Nathan French Bridget Brooke Edwards Sharon Bonnie Woods Sue Holly Leeson Penny Talitha Glazbrook