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Member Name: pjs21
Date: 07/09/00, updated on 07/09/00 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Nothing taxing - pure entertainment
Disadvantages: I can't believe I can't think of one!
I saw Starlight a few years ago. I paid £2.50 to get in at the last minute and stand at the back of the auditorium. (Not sure whether that still goes on or not!)
I had no idea what to expect, and not being a great fan of Webber, prepared for the worst to happen.
How wrong I was. It seems that when he needs to keep an idea very simple, he can make it work. The songs are incredibly corny, but as the whole show is aimed at kids, it works fine.
It does rely heavily on effects. The staging is superb, as are the costumes. Even if you don't like the story or the songs, this show is worth seeing for the energy that comes off the stage. I have enough trouble standing in rollerskates let alone dancing in them. The performers deserve every piece of applause they receive when the show finishes.
It's not a show I'd choose for a romantic night out - but If I had to take my 6 year old nephew to see something, this would be the one. Infact, he's seen it three times already. I would say that the ideal age is probably 5 - 12 year olds. It was written for his child, so that's exactly who he's aimed it at. This is one for all the family.
I would almost suggest not to sit in the middle of the stalls, because from what I could see, those who were missed out on so much of the action that happened around them. The further back, the better on this one.