NODA Review – Young NOMADS 24 Hour Concert

In 2017 Young NOMADS decided on a variety show in the Summer Holidays… a variety

show with a twist – the twist being that the whole thing would be put together in just 24

hours!

Such was the success of that show even after all the adult helpers said “never again”

Young NOMADS prevailed and they repeated the exercise this year.

This meant that the cast of 15 arrived at 7.30pm on the Sunday for their first production

team meeting to decide on everything from what pieces could be performed, to what

the running order would be, and of course agreeing who would actually be performing

what!

Well they came up with a very diverse programme to say the least setting themselves a

pretty big challenge Not only did they present monologues, a sketch, dance routines,

numbers from Waitress, Smash, Once, Heathers, Jekyll and Hyde and Anastasia,

performed a couple of songs by Abba plus those of Queen and Ed Sheeran, but they also

had to choreograph and learn every number, and then put it all together with lighting,

sound and props ready for a performance 24 hours later!

It was great to have the opportunity to hear solo voices and what fine voices they were.

Great vocals from AMELIA PRICE, LOUISE ROGERS, ELIZE COLLINS, LAUREN HOBBS, RHAPSODY ROLFE,

FAYE DOWER, SOFIA STRAVRAKAKIS (with sister YANNA on guitar), LARA KEEN and ABBEY FLECKNEY.

Tapping from FAYE DOWER and River Dancing from AMELIA PRICE added to the variety.

The Company numbers Opening (from Waitress) and Waterloo (Abba) were nicely done.

The dance routine Let’s Hear it for the Boy - in this case the only boy MARCUS PORTER -

was fun and enjoyed by the large audience. As well as singing and dancing the three

narrators, LAUREL BEACH, SOFIA STRAVRAKAKIS and LUCY YOUNG kept things flowing. There was

a scripted performance from Teechers performed by HETTY COHEN, ELIZE COLLINS and LOUISE

ROGERS, a well done amusing Monologue from The Power of the Dog by LAUREN HOBBS and

a very atmospheric rendering of a Monologue from The Woman in Black by

ELLA HAYWARD, a young actress who showed tremendous potential.

Congratulations must certainly go the Musical Director JOSEPH HALL who did a sterling job

with the show as did choreographer RHIANNON MCBEAN Top marks to everyone for learning

their lines, lyrics, dance moves and doing all of the extra things that were needed in

putting together the programme in such a short space of time. Lots of brownie points

too to the all the adults who supported them in the whole enterprise. I have to say I

would have had a hard job to sit watching after staying awake 24 hours let along singing

and dancing afterwards.

Well done Young NOMADS. I hope you raised lots of funds. Will you be doing it again next

year???

Julie Petrucci.