QMTS Juniors rehearse on
Mondays 6.15-8.00p.m at
The New Life Baptist Church,
Kings Heath B14 7JZ
What a wonderful production by our QMTS Juniors! Many congratulations to all those involved! Here is their well-deserved review from BDTG:
At the Dovehouse Theatre
‘Aladdin’ by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Chad Beguelin
The Director Kate Owen, Musical Director Alex Stait and Choreographer Viv Morrison, together with the thirty- four strong QMTS Junior company, created a show to entertain an audience with energy and enthusiasm.
The show whisks audiences away to the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah where the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier Jafar, advisor to the Sultan, and his parrot Iago, seek to retrieve a magic lamp hidden in the Cave of Wonders. They enlist the help of a street rat named Aladdin who becomes trapped in the cave. When he finds the lamp and polishes it, a magical genie appears and grants him three wishes.
After tricking the genie into getting him out of his predicament by promising to release him with his third wish, Aladdin uses his first wish to become a prince in order to woo the lovely Princess Jasmine. When “Prince Ali” arrives at the palace, Jafar recognizes him as Aladdin and has him thrown in the dungeon. When his friends Babkak, Omar and Kassim try to rescue him, they end up in the dungeon also. Aladdin uses his second wish to set them free. With only one wish left, Aladdin must choose between benefiting himself or doing what is morally right.
This is a happy show with no real messages to be given or understood other than good will always overcome evil.
From the very first scene when the genie appeared on stage to introduce the other characters in “Arabian Nights,” the audience was mesmerized. Billy Stait as the Genie completely nailed the part, with his assured over the top performance, well measured gestures and delivery, making the role completely his own. Billy had great support from his two little Mini Genie, Hocus (Olivia Owen) and Pocus (Sophie Stait), all working extremely well together, also, the repartee between the Genies and Aladdin was wonderful producing one of the many memorable moments within the show, "Friend Like Me".
Tristen Allport gave a very confident performance as Aladdin, his solo song “Proud of Your Boy” was very touching and sung with real feeling. His three best friends Babkak (David Morrison) always hungry, kindhearted Omar (Evangeline Stait) and tough Kassim (Emillie Owen) were also played well.
The kindly Sultan, widower and ruler of Agrabah was played by Emily Owen and his daughter, the Princess Jasmine, seeking a life beyond the confines of the palace, was played with some style by Beth Johnson.
One of the charming, magical moments of the night was “A Whole New World” when Aladdin and the Princess were flying on the magic carpet and the song ended with them holding hands.
Jafar (Jude Saunders) and his ever present parrot Iago (Bella Cross) both provided the level of evilness that these roles required. Within the market place scenes there were many cameo performances given by the characters present - the Snake Charmer (Maizie Allport) with her flute and snake for instance, and, the chief Guard Razoul (Leah Haddock) and her trusted guards also played their roles as boisterous upholders of the law with enthusiasm.
There were many characters and performers that have not been mentioned, but they all helped to create a production that the company should be very proud of. Despite their years, all the performers remained in character the whole time when they were on stage and they had clearly been given excellent direction which they followed well.
In summary there were some very minor hiccups technically, lifting these young voices over the musical backing tracks, being the main one. The set primarily provided by projection for the various locations, worked extremely well, incorporating the video for the carpet ride was also a nice idea. Props and costumes all helped to raise and create the spectacle of the show. The enthusiasm and sense of enjoyment provided by the company certainly deserved the applause they received congratulations, to all involved. If the cast stay involved, then the main company QMTS, will be in very good hands.
And from NODA:
Disney Aladdin JR
Director; Kate Owen
Musical Director; Alex Stait
Choreographer; Viv Morrison
The Dovehouse Theatre 24 th May 2019
Wow, Wow, WOW! From start to finish the audience were there with you all the way, I can honestly say this was one of the best youth productions I have seen to date, and I’ve seen a lot.
The main thing for me that set the company apart from the others was the fantastic characterisations by absolutely everyone , not only the principals, you all had a key role to play , you knew who you were , why you were there and what you were doing when you got there …. Everyone had purpose and the audience could see you were enjoying performing and supporting your friends on that stage.
The Genie was played with panache and great comedic timing by Billy Stait .During ‘One jump ahead ‘ we had Kassim,Babkak,Omar,Aladdin, Played by Emillie Owen ,David Morrison,Evangeline Stait and Tristen Allport respectively.Joined by the guards and Agrabahns it was a memorable chorus number, I loved all the colourful costumes, in keeping with an Arabian market place
Without mentioning each and every cast member by name , I repeat you were all amazing, special mention should go to Beth Johnson as the beautiful Jasmine whose father the Sultan played by Emily Owen endeavoured unsuccessfully to get her married off to the perfect suitor.
The simple scenery and projection worked well throughout , there were a few sound issues on the night I attended but that was out of your control.
The backing tracks were great and gave the production a very professional edge, the volume did not overpower the young voices at any point. These gave the production good pace and a point of difference whilst working well within the theatre space the company had available.
Some of my most memorable scenes for me were -The market place, The cave of wonders, and the Palace. I loved ‘A Whole new world’
Congratulations to all concerned especially the production team Kate, Alex and Viv I’m sure you must be very proud of your achievement, that I must say rivalled some adult shows for entertainment factor alone.
I look forward to seeing you all develop into the talented stars of the future that I’m sure many of you will become, thank you for inviting me , it was truly fabulous .Joyce
Sunday 20th January 2019 saw QMTS Juniors perform a truly outstanding concert which really showcased the wonderful talent this young company has to offer. Congratulations to all involved!
Interested in QMTS Juniors?
We are a very popular Junior Musical Theatre Society and often oversubscribed. We look forward to seeing all of our current members and invite applications from new members (must be Year 6 and above). We will be running auditions and operating a waiting list system.
Please contact Alex Stait (QMTS Juniors Lead) for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form below.
Fully DBS checked members of staff in charge of chaperoning the children
on site at all time.
Some years QMTS Juniors perform on stage with the adults and other years they complete their own show.
Bugsy Malone July 2018
After Show party 2018
Oliver 2017. Juniors aftershow party
King and I
after show party.
One of our recent Juniors only performance was a musical adaptation of the story, 'The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler', written by Gene Kemp.
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