REVIEW: BigLittle Theatre School brings Broadway to Bournemouth


There’s nothing more uplifting than kids singing songs from musicals. And that’s exactly what is offered by BigLittle Theatre School’s ‘Broadway Showtunes’.

BIGLITTLE Theatre School is a non-profit-making organisation enabling personal excellence through performance in a professional and nurturing environment for students aged from reception through to 19 years. The production quality was first class, with multi-functional staging, excellent lighting, and just brilliant costumes.Everything looked so professional, including the cast.

The ‘cast’ is made up of children from about 6 years old through to young adults and every one of them gave such an enthusiastic performance that their beaming smiles lit up the stage. They had me grinning from ear to ear from start to finish. It was a stage full of stars with boundless talent.

Whether you’re a huge fan of musicals or not, there’s something for everyone, from the hauntingly beautiful harmonies of the Titanic musical, to classics such as Me and My Girl and Singing in the Rain, to rock favourites such as We Will Rock You, and everything in between.

Seeing around 130 people on stage singing Queen songs is a sight to behold, and it certainly gave me goosebumps. Clearly the rest of the audience was also impressed based on the standing ovation.

Some of my personal favourites were the Billy Elliot and the Starlight Express sections which were so uplifting and joyful. The younger kids who performed songs from Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were also delightful and so adorable. It was great to see them having such a ball on stage.

Meatloaf fans will love the Bat out of Hell section also brilliantly performed by everyone and the Blood Brothers section even had me and a few others shedding a tear or two. Music fans and musical fans alike will enjoy the show but a packet of tissues might be good to have on hand!

Special mention to cast member Callum Bruce for his performance in The Producers. He had me laughing and smiling, it was certainly an unexpected surprise, but a pleasant one. And also to Georgie Hendry, whose solo in the We Will Rock You section was outstanding.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable show, with amazing performances from each and every cast member.

The show runs at the Pavilion for 3 nights until 20 July 2019. To find out more or book tickets click here


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