Last night I was invited to watch the 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical at The Bournemouth Pavilion with BH Live. I was so excited to see it! Fame was my first ever musical experience when I was 10 years old! I went on a school trip to London to see it. I am sure this childhood experience is what gave me my love of the theatre.
The show certainly didn’t disappoint! It was a colourful feast for the eyes, and a musical joy to the ears! The cast were incredible! I have never seen such a talented cast as a whole, they were faultless. Everyone that sang literally gave me goose bumps! The theatre came alive, the energy was high, and I was absorbed in the characters lives.
Just to give you a bit of background… Fame The Musical follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows that life throws at you.
The actors all portrayed their characters very well, and each character was unique. In particular the character of Carmen Diaz was played incredibly well, by Stephanie Rojas. You really felt the pain she was going through. She was an extremely talented actress, her voice was out of this world!
The actors were playing people a lot younger than themselves, this can be a challenge in itself, but I felt they did this well, and it wasn't a distraction for me. Perhaps at times the narrative was a little bit behind the times, (it was originally written 30 years ago), but you still get that people face similar things in today's society.
The set was simple yet effective. I think the lighting played a huge part in this. By using the back drop of the students faces, and changing the lighting on it, it made you feel like the set was constantly changing with very little effort (from a set design point of view). I also liked the way props were incorporated into dance routines, a great way of keeping the performance alive.
At times the audience were made to feel like you were there to watch the characters auditions or performances. This was very clever. At one point a teacher came into the auditorium aisle, writing notes on the actors performances. By breaking the forth wall, it made it feel like you were almost in a virtual experience,
At the end of the performance the entire auditorium were on their feet dancing to "Fame", the cast were so strong at this point, you felt like you were part of their performance. I left the theatre on such a high! Fame is on at The Bournemouth Pavilion until August 31st, I would definitely recommend it for a fun night out!
(This was a gifted experience via Bournemouth Bloggers, however all of the above opinions are my own. The images belong to BH Live and me)
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx