NODA Review: Return to the Forbidden Planet
Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Youth
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Reviewed by: Trevor Guest
Friday 25 May 2012
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster
Producer/Director: Jill Parmenter
Musical Director: Russell Painter
Choreographer: Molly Parmenter
I don’t remember particularly enjoying the music of the Rock ‘n Roll era but I loved it in this production.
Why wouldn’t I have enjoyed Great Balls of Fire,Teenager In Love, Who’s Sorry Now et al. I knew all the words as well as the music so I must have been an old fuddy duddy when I was young(er). This was a super production by a vibrant youth group from the principals to the chorus there was no weak link with every one a star and therefore I don’t intend to single out any particular performance. The set designed and constructed by Doug Forrester and Jon Green was excellent and I expected to be part of the take off it was so authentic. With 30 or so songs and superbly choreographed dance routines there was never a dull moment. The production team did a great job. The Director and her Choreographer daughter who also played Gloria, a leading role in the show, can be very proud of their achievements. The Band was terrific creating just the right sound. This was great team effort, on stage, backstage, front of house all deserve credit for such a sparkling production and the audience loved every minute of it. Hearty congrats to all concerned.