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This family show is the cat's pyjamas
The jazz age of the 1920's 'roared' in a new era of carefree attitudes, rising hemlines, speakeasies and flappers. Flapper, A 'Roaring 20's Musical' brings the roaring 20's back to life on stage with entertaining characters, stunning costumes and a few twists and turns along the way.
The senior students of The Hills Youth Theatre present the story of Polly Pepper, an endearing young flapper who really knows how to live it up. Polly is about to turn 18 and on her birthday, will inherit an incredible diamond necklace called the 'Ice Garden'. She's planning a 'madcap' birthday party to celebrate, however news of the invaluable necklace has spread as others plot to join in on the celebrations too. Mobsters hatch a ploy to snatch the necklace, swindlers try their hand amongst the party planning befuddlement and with a friend like Susan Stuyvesant-Fish, Polly doesn't really need any enemies!
From her much anticipated first entrance, Serenna Williams maintains an excellent presence and performance throughout the show as the beautifully spoken, all singing, all dancing Polly Pepper. Tom Tassone and Imogen Deller-Evans are outstanding as the Duke and Duchess of Milford, peddling a deal too good to be true in a tremendous set of switching accents. Zanny Edhouse brings a great character performance in her role of Polly's Aunt, Augusta Granville and Madeline Shields is a stand out, delivering a balanced wit and strength opposite Aunt Granville. The bubbly socialites of Long Island (Jemma Badcock, Zoe Hilton, Ellie Bickerton and Fae Gehren) bring plenty of life to the party as Polly's flappers pals swooning over her smooth new beau Buck Wayne, played by the slick Ben Krieg.
From the underbelly of 1920 New York, Carina Crowhurst plays Mona Schlumpgarden and brings the gangster attitude in spades. Her malarking mobsters played by Carson Nutt and Riordan Miller-Frost add plenty of comic relief to the villainy. What do they keep in their violin cases after all?
Feathers, fur and frills adorn an incredible set of costumes throughout the show. The gentlemen are slickly dressed in suits, ties and swanky shoes and an astonishing range of dresses adorn the flappers and ladies alike. With plenty of colour and tassels that swing just the right way, every scene comes to life with terrific support from the outfits of the era and a cleverly humble but effective set design and prop selection.
The Duke and Duchess of Milford, outstanding characters in Flapper, A Roaring 20's Musical
Director, Judy Sampson credits the students with much of the achievement to bring the show to life having been involved in set production, costuming, sourcing props audition pieces and even selection of the show. All based on just one regular class per week and a short rehearsal period to put it all together!
Flappers, is absolutely 'scrumptious if you say so' and an entertaining journey with the cool cats of the 1920's and plenty of twists and turns along the way!