THE STOLEN STAR - REVIEW
November 25 2013.
In 'The Stolen Star' dance spectacular, it was the costumes that almost stole the show. A staggering display of glittering material and props delighted the full audiences at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, on November 22nd and 23rd.
The story, devised and choreographed by Seahaven Dance Principal, Mechele Lefkaridi, was delightfully based around Norwegian folklore and we were led through the tale by student teacher, Amy Heather, as Miss Pepperpot who set out on a journey to find and rescue a fallen star, taken by wicked magpies, assisted by a voice over narration by Adam Lefkaridi.
Amy's student's should be thankful that this beautiful and elegant dancer has not yet taken a professional performing path for herself, instead choosing to pass her obvious passion for dance onto a younger generation.
Annabelle Hill as Christabel the Cat, Miss Pepperpot's companion, showed wonderful character and the Owl (Jess Easton), Robin (Lauren Kracke) and Moth (Debbie Moy) also stood out with their solo performances.
Mainly ballet and tap centred, the synchronisation of the groups of dancers was astonishing, and the modern and contemporary spins on the music and styles kept the audience riveted throughout.
Ellie Nickalls played a wide range of characters but captured the audiences imagination with her expressive appearance as the scarecrow and I have to admit to holding back a tear during one of the final dances when the tiny star, a heart wrenchingly cute Poppy Tidey, decided to spend Christmas with Miss Pepperpot and they danced a duet.
With dozens of performers of all ages making appearances throughout the show, the hard work that must have gone into this incredibly professional production paid dividends, and thoroughly deserved a longer run.
After a moving speech by community dance legend, Jean Cantell, a collection was taken for two great charities - Chestnut Tree House and the Children With Cancer Fund (Polegate).
Congratulations to the cast, crew and volunteers for another wonderful show.
Review by Paula Woolven, Director, SMTJ.