Children’s shows, musical theatre
5 – 27 Aug odd dates, not 15
This was another lively and energetic performance from the students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It was interesting to see many whom I recognised from 9 to 5 enthusiastically playing very different parts, and lovely to see the live band on stage.
It’s a simple story – Naughty Cat loves cheese and chocolate, and wants to get to the moon where there is plenty of cheese and some very tempting chocolate mice. Fortuitously NASA has built a rocket base in Port Glasgow: three scientists are about to embark for the moon, but Naughty Cat gets there first, steals into the rocket, presses the green button, and off she flies! The scientists are bereft and don’t know how to get their rocket back, until one of them realises they must contact SuperPlod and his Dog, who are way better than Superman, Captain America and all the other superheroes rolled into one. Will Naughty Mouse succeed in her evil plan to eat the chocolate mice, or will SuperPlod and Dog save the day??
On a much smaller stage than that in Assembly, the cast’s energy easily reached out into the audience. The smallest people sat at the front: I wondered how much of the story they understood: could they follow the fast-paced and high-octane dialogue and lyrics, mostly with American accents? The cast were obviously having a ball, the parents enjoyed the jokes, the tinies at the end looked a little bewildered… The story is based on one written by Mrs Walker’s Primary 1/2 class at St John’s School, Port Glasgow, for the Beacon Youth Theatre – so maybe it’s pitched just right and I’m just a boring old fart who’s lost the plot…
Avery Dupois does a splendid job as Naughty Cat, almost persuading me that her evil desires are okay really, and Meredith Busteed was the epitome of efficiency as the commanding officer of the chocolate mice. Dillan Chiblow was splendidly heroic as SuperPlod, and I was delighted that Taryn Taylor’s helpful Dog was rewarded with a proper name at the end of the show. The other players in the ensemble did a great job of switching parts and providing sound effects and props, while their combined vocal sound is good and solid.
The music is cheerful and catchy, though the lyrics were not always audible, especially towards the end of the show when everything was happening very quickly.
The smallish audience applauded. The conservatoire students will obviously go on to good careers – I wish them good fortune and look forward to seeing their names in lights before too long.