Youth Lyric production
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2.30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The enthusiasm of youth and the talent of young people working under a seasoned director makes for good theatre. This year the Youth Lyric presents Magical Mayhem which is a delight and a good story too. Jack and Jill need babysitters for the night so Tinkerbell and Trixie turn up, no ordinary babysitters, these two are magic. When they discover that although the young boy reads books his sister doesn’t, not even fairy story books, she says they are boring, she’s much more into the Internet and her Nintendo.
Now that’s an awful thing to say because if ever you say out loud that fairy stories are boring, a little piece of fairyland disappears. So to convince Jill that she’s wrong, they bring the two children to fairyland to meet all the characters so well loved by children through the ages. And it’s mayhem. There’s the White Witch, the Snow Queen, Dorothy from Oz and the Wicket Witch of the West, Snow White and Cinderella are there of course, and the dwarfs along with Little Red Riding Hood and naughty old Robin Hood. With 39 in the cast plus half a dozen impressive primary school children, most characters are in the mix somewhere.
The set, the costumes, the music, in fact the whole production comes from within this remarkable company whose aim is to give young people from all over Northern Ireland an opportunity to experience the performing arts. And what a valuable experience that is, they gain self-confidence, they train their memories when learning lines, they work as a team, they realise each needs the other to get the best results, in fact a wonderful training in personal development. And there’s the amazing feeling of taking a bow at the end of a show and know that you have pleased your audience, a standing ovation is something they will never forget.
Congratulations to director Sheelagh O’Kane and to executive producer Aidan Browne and to the entire company, musicians and technical crew. In your hands, there will always be a fairyland full of magic and mayhem.
Review by Anne Hailes
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