Wow, what a spectacular surprise! I Remember You is an absolute blast from the past showcasing the hits from the 50s and 60s. There is no way you can sit through this show without singing along and tapping your feet. If it was possible to dance, I would have done that too, although some members of the audience thought that enthusiasm should be kept to a minimum.
Director and creator of I Remember You, Gai Byrne has a smash hit to her credit. She has put together a visually and auditory spectacular show. The talented cast were amazing, as were their costumes. Standout powerful performances were given by Michelle Cook (Annette Avalon) and Peter Avery (Frankie Funicello). Michelle's rendition of Son of a Preacher Man was mind-blowing. Peter's version of Unchained Melody was mesmerising. There were so many nostalgic favourites such as It's My Party, Downtown, Shake, Rattle and Roll, To Sir with Love, You Don't Own Me, It's in His Kiss, Hit the Road Jack, These Boots were Made for Walking. The opening number was of course, I Remember You with the grand finale being Twist and Shout. A good time was had by all.
The set was designed to appear that you were the studio audience watching a TV Pop show. Chris Hawkins played 'cheesy' compere Brian Cheeseman who not only announced the performers but performed in the television ads and belted out a couple of numbers. Craig Smith played the second 'suave' compere, Dicky Deveraux. All the singers were wonderful and were very much appreciated and applauded by the audience. The young dancers and singers were also fantastic and all were stars in their own right. There was even a guest appearance by the adorable four-legged Monty Watkins. I Remember You will definitely lift your spirits. I highly recommend you see it.
Community theatre is intimate and special in its own way. I certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into every production. Treat yourself to a night out at the theatre. It's cheaper than dining out and will enrich your mind with a new experience.
Javeenbah Theatre is a small intimate, air-conditioned theatre located in Nerang. It is beautifully set up with tables and chairs al fresco where you can meet friends prior to the show and enjoy drinks and nibbles at the fully licensed bar. There is also comfortable seating indoors. Opening night tickets include a light supper after the show giving you an opportunity to socialise and meet the cast and crew. Javeenbah is an Aboriginal word meaning 'The Meeting Place'.
I recommend you book in as early as possible, especially if you are planning to go as a group, as Javeenbah is a small theatre with limited seating.
I Remember You was performed at Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, QLD
Directed and created by Gai Byrne
Cast Dicky Deveraux Craig Smith Brian Cheeseman Chris Hawkins
Frankie Funicello Peter Avery
Annette Avalon Michelle Cook
Paula Pert Emma Leese
Judy Naomi Mole
June Sarah Haynes
Bobbie Bob Allen
Jivin' Joey Joe Bourke Jnr
Barbie Chelsea Burton
Midge Marley Cruz
Carol Hope Di Sessa
Nancy Sade Elwazna
Pauly Elliot Hawkins
Connie Bayley Jacobsen
Patsy Daniela Martiri
Ken Jian Peters
Monty Cliff Monty Watkins
Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Jacquelin Melilli