RMT is my local amateur theatre company who today put on another professional-standard performance. I have been to almost all their shows before and are continually amazed by what a little company with big dreams can achieve. Prior to this my favourite show of theirs was 'Singing in the Rain' with real rain on the stage, but I must say that this supersedes all their previous performances.
Dedicated director Madeline Johns always casts a wonderful group of talented singers, dancers and actors, who seem to improve year by year. I had the pleasure today of watching the understudies in the main roles and may I say that it was a pleasure indeed.
I have watched young Thomas Armstrong-Robley (the Phantom) grow since the age of 16 and at 19, I believe he is the youngest Phantom ever. His vocals and acting were top-notch and reminded me of a young Anthony Warlow. (Yes, I'm a long-time Phantom fan). Tom brought all the mystery and passion required of the demanding role.
Nathan Kneen was wonderful as Raoul, his voice soars effortlessly. I remember seeing him with the ten Tenors in the Pirates of Penzance back in 2002. Samantha Paterson was delightful as the pitch-perfect ingenue, Christine, and Meg Kiddle did a fine and amusing job of Carlotta, the diva.
I sat in the second row and felt a part of the show - nearly roasted by pyrotechnics, able to see every facial expression and seduced by the alluring music of the marvelous orchestra. Well done to all concerned.
The Phantom of the Opera will continue at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre until the 22nd of December. Don't miss it!
Righto, I'd better get back to writing the final battle in Hunters' Quest. Can't leave my heroes hanging for too long. Cheers, Kasper.