Theatre Review: Evita - Beck Youth Theatre at Beck Theatre, Hayes ✭✭✭✭

Beck Youth Theatre
Beck Theatre, Hayes

Reviewed by Philippa Stubbs

13th April 2013: were delighted to be invited to Beck Youth Theatre’s twenty fifth anniversary performance of Rice and Lloyd Webber’s popular musical, Evita.

Evita is an unforgettable story of the rise and fall of Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón and her passionate involvement in Argentina’s political history. As an entirely ‘sung-through’ musical, familiar numbers include Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase In Another Hall and Buenos Aires.

With a cast ranging between the ages of eight and nineteen, there is an incredible range of talent from these young performers and the effort, enthusiasm and professionalism that the entire cast showed must be commended. From the oldest to the youngest members, it was evident that everyone knew what was expected of them and had an understanding of the emotion behind such a dramatic narrative. Dance numbers were well choreographed and particularly memorable chorus moments were On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada and And The Money Kept Rolling In.

The principals tackled the difficult musical score with gusto and there were some very promising voices. Connor Harper played a regal Perón with strong vocals and Bethany Perry gave an utterly beautiful performance of Another Suitcase in Another Hall. Another name to look out for in musical theatre of the future has to be Stephen King. His role as Che (the narrator) was really well performed and his technically strong singing and acting seemed effortless.

Performing the title role was nineteen year old Natalie Venier. Her emotional connection with her character, Eva Perón, was spot on and conveyed a strong understanding of the highs and lows required for this role. Her vocal talent is sensational and Eva’s Final Broadcast had some of the audience members in tears! This young lady is sure to be a future star of the West End and we wish her all the best for the future.

Not forgetting all the hard work that must have gone on behind the scenes, Damian Sandys and Grant Murphy have directed a winning production that could only have been possible with a cast and crew of talented and dedicated individuals.

A huge well done to all involved!

4 stars ✭✭✭✭