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'Fame Jr.' had all the must-see elements

Lexi Bainas / The Citizen
March 4, 2015


Dancer Mabel (Amy Swanson) brings the house down as she sings the hilarious and touching Mabel’s Prayer during Queen Margaret’s School ‘s presentation of the junior version of the musical, ‘Fame’, Saturday, Feb. 28. Photograph By Lexi Bainas/Citizen

This unpretentious fine arts centre at Queen Margaret's School is tucked back behind the playing field, the primary school and the chapel at the historic school but it was glowing with excitement and anticipation last week for the students' musical, Fame Jr.

Signs gleefully announced that the performances were all sold out and there was a real buzz as the audience waited for the show to start.

Fame is ideally suited to that venue.

It's a big show that can be done in a small space because the action is mostly emotional, even psychological as the hopeful dancers, actors and musicians move through their years at the tough Performing Arts High School in New York.

Even though this was a junior edition of the musical, the elements were all there: the ambitious Carmen (Yuki Watanabe) wanting to take the world by storm, trampling on her friend, Schlomo (Kassy Marr) in the process; the dancers Iris (Alex Haggith-Sookachoff), Mabel (Amy Swanson) and Tyrone (Stephen Igbinosa) struggling to find their way; the actors Nick (Jacob McIntyre) and his star struck fan, Serena (Sierra Tanner). And all the rest of the lively school population, who danced and sang their hearts out.

The audience gave them lots of encouragement, but the loudest cheers were for Swanson's song, Mabel's Prayer, about a dancer whose appetite won't give up.

 

 

 

 


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