Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★
There is much to enjoy in this vibrant, energetic revue which really shows what MTA’s 19 talented second-year students can do. MTA policy is to showcase its second year at this point in the year before allowing them to seek agent representation. At the same time its first year get the chance to perform in an exciting show when they’re only a few weeks into their training.
The result is a show which ranges from lyrical to pounding and from gentle solos and duets to large-scale dance routines, including some splendid tap dancing. Cressida Carré is a new director for this year and the show is even slicker and fresher than it’s been in the past. And the range of work, accompanied by a terrific six-piece band, takes us at speed through musicals as diverse as Hairspray, Kiss Me, Kate, Candide and Chaplin.
With more than 40 students presenting strong ensemble work, it isn’t easy to single out individuals. Nonetheless, Amy Bridges is certainly one to watch. Her dancing, singing and acting all make her stand out in numbers such as ‘High Enough’ from Rock of Ages, and she’s a joy to watch as a flapper in ‘One Night Only’ from Dreamgirls – a very charismatic stage presence.
Similarly, Zach Mobley is stunning in the poignant ‘Gypsies of the Ether’ from Soho Cinders, while João Carvalho is very interesting to watch in several numbers. The other artist who really catches the eye is the elfin, gamine Lauren Dean, still only in her first year, and already compellingly energetic on stage.