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Is There Life After High School?
Book by Jeffrey Kindley, Music and Lyrics by Ralph Keyes
The Mitre Theatre, Croydon
16th to 18th February 2012
Director:  Di Jones,     Musical Director: Colin Warnock

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Is There Life After High School?

This musical with book by Jeffrey Kindley and music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia is perhapsmore of a revue as it illustrates the livesof American students during their four years of High School.

 

The show got to Broadway in 1982 and closed after 17 performances. But gradually it increased in popularity and was performed all over the country, achieving cult status. There is no person listed as the choreographer and the movement by this talented cast was a delight to the eye and great credit therefore goes to Director Diane Jones.

 

The band, under the direction of Colin Warnock, was placed behind the acting area and enabled us to hear and understand clearly, vital for this type of entertainment.

 

Performing only on one level can often become boring and the use of the large dias to vary this added to the variety of performance.

 

The American accent of all the players was extremely convincing to my English ear, as was their ability to hold a tune.

 

There were nine in the cast - five women and four men - playing a multitude of students in various stages of hope, ecstasy, misery, and all the other emotions that adolescents suffer from.

 

The ensemble acting was excellent and although it seems invidious to name individuals from the cast I thought Kevin Hayes' banner twirling alone was worthy of the price of admission and among the ladies, Karen Rapps had the ability to express pognancy without sentimentality.

 

 

Peter Steptoe                                 Croydon Advertiser                                    2nd March 2012