As a newcomer to this show, I don’t think I really knew what the result of mixing Dickens and music was likely to be.
The answer is: pretty amazing actually, as Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre members poured their hearts and souls into a rousing and emotionally-charged performance.
This ambitious retelling of A Tale of Two Cities – a love triangle set against the backdrop of the French Revolution – gives the cast plenty of scope to demonstrate their great theatrical abilities and tremendous voices.
Some slickly directed stage work helped move the story along at some pace as we were introduced to Dr Manette, his daughter Lucie and the two men in her life, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton.
The audience was taken on an emotional rollercoaster with moving moments and stirring numbers punctuated with interludes of real humour.
The leads were just a joy to hear. Katie Hindle made a huge impact as revolutionary Therese Defarge.
Stephanie Walker was a perfect Lucie – her delightful voice was stunning alone, and beautifully complemented by Alastair Eddie’s as her father and Murray Hossick’s as Darnay.
Joshua Milne absolutely dazzled as Carton. With a full, rich voice and confident stage presence, he held the spotlight for his solos like a professional. His duets with Hossick and with Sean Farmerey’s Barsad were also gems.
Not to mention a tremendous company which conjured up great crowd numbers, and a baying mob of rebels, all expertly choreographed.
If you’ve yet to be introduced to this show, this is a great chance to see it performed by a hugely talented company. Runs until Saturday.