After 17 years with Chorley Youth Theatre, Paul Carr is celebrating directing his 100th production in at the town’s Little Theatre.
And he is doing it with this highly popular fast-paced show that has become a big hit all around the world since its initial 12-year run in New York.
Featuring four fabulously-talented performers who play more than 40 different characters in a series of loosely-linked sketches about love and relationships, this show runs the full gamut of feelings linked with human emotional connections.
The Little Theatre studio productions, of which this is one, are less elaborate than their main shows but no less entertaining.
The four young players – Vicki Forrester, Sam Hilton, Gaz Jenkins and Michael Cosgrove – are extremely impressive in their various roles, often appearing on their own as well as with each other.
One would never guess they were not from USA as they trip through each sketch and song in perfect American dialect.
Right from the outset, this show – the first musical production at the theatre for some time – takes us through the entire subject of boy-meets-girl.
Through flirting, first kisses, the inevitable awkwardness of early dates, endeavours to impress, meetings with parents, marriage, life with children (how do you get them into bed when they’re throwing the goldfish at one another?), divorce and the eventual loss of a partner through death, the cast interact well with each other as they portray various stories and vignettes.
Musical director Wayne Oakes provides wonderful music with his three-piece band consisting of piano, violin and bass. Although most of the tunes are not memorable, the lyrics are wonderfully intricate and clever.
I particularly enjoyed Always a Bridesmaid sung by Sam and I Can Live With That featuring Sam and Gaz.
One very funny scene featured four office chairs representing a family car ride to the tune of Highway of Love which features all the talented cast but, in my opinion, the ‘prison’ sketch is simply unnecessary and unpleasant.
The basic set of three archways with lit backdrops provides simple, minimal but effective scenery and, set against this stark background, this show is an absolute roller-coaster of fun!