Friday July 26, 2013 / 7:30pmChess
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How was your experience?
Being very familiar with this production from years ago, I booked with high expectations, only to learn on the day of the show that it was an "ArtsWest Apprenticeship" program production (young/teen actors). Nevertheless, it turned out reasonable. Chess is a tough musical, be it the "all sung" West End or the "more spoken" Broadway rendition. In short, the great Tim Rice lyrics matched to an Abba-score was fairly good (good keyboards!), tho often overshadowing the young voices trying to make themselves heard. Dancing ensemble / choreography was good, well rehearsed, the limited stage well managed, lighting good. Which bring us to the acting/singing. Florence (Chelsey) carried the show, was head and shoulders above the rest (quite literally), towering over the American Freddy (Ryan), who has an um... unusual voice. The Russian player Anatoly (Sebastian) was one of the weaker links in the chain. His wife Svetlana (Sarah) did well under the circumstances, and the Arbiter (Moriel) made a pretty good debut here. Shoutouts to Madam Molokov (Victoria) who has a great voice but smaller role here, and the very young Walter (Duncan), who did his best with a very demanding role.