Welcome to the Stage One Youth Theatre
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
Please feel free to roam the website and find
out more about this theatre group!
Stage One Youth Theatre has been awarded a
NODA SE Accolade of Excellence for their
2017 production of Footloose
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.
May 31st, June 1st, June 2nd 2018
Tickets are now available through Stage One
or direct from Ferneham Hall
Stage One Ticket Order Forms
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Oliver! – Stage One Youth Theatre
Date – 26th October 2017
Director – Jacqui Ivemy
Musical Director – Dennis Brombley
Choreographer – Matt Newman
Venue – Ferneham Hall, Fareham
It is a sign of the maturity of this youth theatre production
that it only occurred to me just before the interval that
none of the people on stage was over 18 years old. Any suggestion
that youth theatre is somehow irrelevant or inferior would
be resoundingly refuted by this top-notch and very professional
production of Oliver! by Stage One.
The chorus signing and choreography had obviously been well
rehearsed and we were treated to some spectacular set-pieces
such as Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and Pick
a Pocket or Two. Every person on stage was totally engaged
and very obviously giving their all – there must be
many directors locally who wish they could instil that degree
of enthusiasm and energy into their casts! It is infectious
and you find yourself being carried along with all the excitement,
such that the show passes in a trice.
A lot of responsibility rests on the young shoulders of
boy who plays Oliver, but Archie Crockett carried off this
major role with great self-confidence and assurance. He
conveyed just the right amount of innocence and spark, and
he sang to perfection. Playing the Artful Dodger opposite
him, Samuel Beer was the most perfect swaggering, confident
and charming example of this character I have seen –
you could easily understand why a frightened young boy would
follow him back to Fagin’s lair. He also charmed the
audience with his excellent singing voice.
Fagin and Bill Sykes can be difficult roles for younger
people to pull off, but Ethan Emery and Kieran Poling did
just that, with great style. Ethan made Fagin quite likeable
but with a rather sinister undertone, and handled his tricky
songs extremely well – I particularly liked the interaction
with the violinist. Kieran was a very menacing Bill Sykes
and made you feel that violence was just an ill-advised
glance away. His diction was excellent and I’ve never
heard ‘My Name’ sung so well.
Emily Bassett was a lovely raucous and kind-hearted Nancy,
putting across her songs well, especially ‘Oom-Pah-Pah’.
She was well matched with Jasmine Berry, her sidekick Bet.
Milo Baker (Mr Bumble) really impressed with the maturity
and clarity of his singing voice – and I enjoyed the
interaction between him and Annalucia Navato as Widow Corney.
The Sowerberrys were an inspired pairing. Normally minor
roles, both Adam Brombley and Mollie Munday made them unforgettable.
Adam was suitably funereal and downtrodden while Mollie
was fabulously shrewish. You really felt they deserved to
be married to each other. I must also congratulate the market
sellers (Sian Samways, Siobhan Carroll, Molly Berry, Adam
Brombley and Charles Clark) for their beautiful part singing
in ‘Who Will Buy’ – a real delight to
listen to – and Emily Blackburn (Mrs Bedwin) whose
chance to shine in song was short but very sweet!
The simple but flexible set worked really well, with a promenade
along the back and one side, plus simple blocks providing
different heights, together with well-chosen pictures projected
on the backcloth and very atmospheric lighting. Despite
this simplicity, the stage crew had to work really hard
changing the scenes and although this was a little distracting
during Mr Bumble’s song ‘Boy for Sale’,
they never hindered the flow of the show, which always maintained
a good pace. Costumes were well chosen, giving a good impression
of the era.
The twelve piece band under Dennis Brombley’s assured
baton, produced a great sound – brassy and loud for
the big numbers but subtle for the more intimate moments.
A crystal clear sound system ensured we heard every word.
This was another outstandingly good production from Stage
One – congratulations to everyone involved.
NODA SE District 10 Representative
Curtain Call Awards 2015
Best Female Actor in a Youth Production
Sian Samways for Bugsy Malone
Best Male Actor in a Youth Production
Adam Bromley for Bugsy Malone
Wow 24/7 Awards 2015
Best Amateur Musical Production
Stage One Youth Theatre for Bugsy Malone