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Welcome to the Stage One Youth Theatre Website!

This website is all about a Portsmouth based youth theatre group who perform once or twice in a year at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. The group have performed many famous musicals, a list of which can be seen in the 'Past Shows' area of the website.

Please feel free to roam the website and find out more about this theatre group!

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NEXT SHOW



CATS

February 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2019
Tickets are not yet available

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Stage One Youth Theatre has been awarded a
NODA SE Accolade of Excellence for their
2017 production of Footloose

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FOR HIRE

Stage One now have Spurge guns, crates and props for hire for
your production of Bugsy Malone

See the Splurge Gun Hire page for more information, photos and
a video of the guns in use.

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WEST SIDE STORY REVIEWS

Date: 31st May 2018
Venue: Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Director: Jacqui Ivemy
Musical Director: Dennis Bromley
Choreographer: Matt Newman

The ever-popular West Side Story, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet but set in New York’s Upper West Side in the 1950s, had its Broadway debut in 1957, immediately stunning the world with Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful music and Stephen Sondheim’s complex lyrics. It bravely tackled the racial tensions between two street gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks who are constantly taunted by the “established” white Americans, the Jets. It marked something of a turning point in American musical theatre and by anyone’s standards is a very difficult show to stage, with challenging choreography and vocals. Stage One is a group that likes a challenge and under Jacqui Ivemy’s confident direction, this huge cast of 45 has risen to the occasion magnificently and given us a stunning show of the highest quality.

The superb, flexible set depicted the back streets of New York well and scene changes were slickly managed by the stage crew, ensuring there were no interruptions to the fast pace of the show. The fine orchestra, under the confident direction of Dennis Bromley, produced a good sound and rarely overwhelmed the singers, who somehow coped with the difficult lead-ins to their numbers with consummate ease. Costumes were simple but bright and effective and, together with the subtle lighting, made a beautiful picture in every scene.

Matt Newman’s imaginative choreography was well executed by the cast, graceful and even balletic at times, and the fight scenes were most convincing. Every single member of the cast looked totally involved. Wherever you looked, there was something interesting going on - even away from the main focus of the action. Singing by everyone was strong throughout, accents were well maintained and the big chorus numbers were spectacular to watch.

Ethan Emery was a confident and strong Tony. His warm singing voice has matured nicely over the last couple of years and he was well matched by Sian Samways as Maria, who has a beautiful tone to her voice - their solos and duets were a joy to listen to. Zoe Elliott as Maria’s friend Anita, also sang well and had great spark - perfect for the character. Samuel Beer as Riff was spot-on with his character too, and Luke Marshall gave us a very stylish Bernardo (and the best Spanish accent). Charles Clark has real stage presence and really shone in “Gee Officer Krupke” - a great showcase for the talents of the other boys too.

In smaller roles, Siobhan Carroll gave a striking, stand-out performance as Rosalia; Brendon Cable-Rogers created two very distinct and memorable characters: Shrank and Glad Hand; and Kit McKenzie (Baby John) is surely a name to watch for the future: his confident acting and clear diction meant he could more than hold his own with the older leads.

What a fantastic show! The huge amount of hard work that has gone into this production has paid off in spades - you should all be immensely proud of what you have achieved together. It was a privilege and a pleasure to watch.


Mark Donalds
NODA South East District 10 Representative

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West Side Story at the Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Reviewed by Sally Carter

Last night (31 May 2018) I took my 9-year-old daughter to see, West Side Story presented by Stage One Youth Theatre at the Ferneham Hall in Fareham.

I had explained to my daughter briefly beforehand what the plot line was and that it involved some scenes of fighting and to bring tissues!

West Side Story is an award-winning musical from 1955 loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. With lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, it marked a turning point in American musical theatre with its dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes and focus on social problems. This musical saw Sondheim’s debut on Broadway and later led to the award-winning film released in 1961.

It features two opposing gangs – The Polish-American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks”, highlighting life growing up in immigrant rich America in the late 50’s.

Despite what must seem to our ‘modern day’ children, like simple and ‘babyish’ depictions of gang life and fight scenes, West Side Story can still deliver a whole range of emotional responses through its comic like themes of menace, fear, discrimination and love. The moral message of the story still managing to shin through strong and clear!

This was my first experience of a Stage One Youth Theatre production. The company currently have children ranging from 10 to 18 years of age. Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) they meet weekly at Mayfield School in Portsmouth and perform 3 times over a 2 year period at Ferneham Hall. You can find out more about supporting or indeed joining them, by visiting the website: www.stageoneyouththeatre.co.uk

WOW – What a talented bunch of young performers they are! As the wonderful live orchestra began to play the performers started to come out on stage. A few nervous faces could be seen as the show began, but these soon melted away as the cast danced, sung and acted their hearts out.

This can be a difficult musical to pull off, but these kids really did give it their all. I felt the boys in particular were very strong, and a special mention is particularly deserved for Ethan Emery who played Tony. What a voice! Absolutely sublime, if he wants it and works for it, that boy has the potential to go far. His natural acting style, ability to dance and amazing vocals really captured the whole audience’s attention. Sian Samways played Maria’s innocent naivety well too and although initially she seemed nervous, she hit those top notes with ease, soon relaxed and enjoyed the performance. The end scene in particular was played with real emotion and sensitivity.

The team at Stage One Youth Theatre have a lot to feel proud about. Jacqui Ivemy, Director, Dennis Brombley, who stepped in as Musical Director at short notice, Steve Clark, Stage Manager and Matt Newman, Choreographer not only obviously work well together, but know how to bring out the best in their young people too!

I love West Side Story and I was not disappointed at all with this production! Well done Stage One Youth Theatre – I look forward to seeing your next production, which I believe will be, Cats!

As always, the welcoming and friendly team of staff and volunteers at Ferneham Hall were on hand to help with everything from finding our seats, to interval drinks and ice-creams. It really is so amazing for Fareham to have this theatre which not only provides top-notch entertainment in the form of recognised comedy, musical acts and plays for all the family, but also gives our youth and community performers a platform to showcase their talents and experience what it’s like to perform for large audiences in a purpose-built theatre.

Rating: 5/5

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Curtain Call Awards 2015

Winner
Best Female Actor in a Youth Production
Sian Samways for Bugsy Malone

Nominated
Best Male Actor in a Youth Production
Adam Bromley for Bugsy Malone


Wow 24/7 Awards 2015

Nominated
Best Amateur Musical Production
Stage One Youth Theatre for Bugsy Malone

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