Legally Blonde
Blonde bombshell stars in musical extravaganza - PAUL G TAYLOR, Nelson Mail , March 29 2016
Review: Legally Blonde - the Musical. Nelson Youth Theatre Company. Theatre Royal - Monday 28 March 2016.
The Nelson Youth Theatre Company's production of Legally Blonde - the Musical is a must-see, high-energy extravaganza of excellence, a celebration of everything that youthful exuberance brings to entertainment.
Some 70 behind-the-scenes volunteer technicians support the 45 all-singing, all-dancing, all-acting on-stage performers who spread their talent across two separate casts, playing on alternate nights until 3 April. 
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All Shook Up

Cross-dressing to Elvis
REVIEW:All Shook Up. Nelson Youth Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Monday 29 April 2013.
Reviewed by Bob Irvine.
You need nerve to marry Elvis and Shakespeare, but All Shook Up infuses the cross-dressing plot of Twelfth Night with the King's most well-known numbers to concoct a fun musical.
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Young talent shines in feline spectacular
REVIEW:Cats. Nelson Youth Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Sunday 21 April 2013.
It was raining cats and dogs outside last night, but that did not deter the enthusiastic crowd who braved the weather to come and see Cats.
From the opening number, Jellicoe Songs for Jellicoe Cats we forgot about the weather and entered the world of catdom, with outstanding performances from felines clad in fabulously designed and constructed costumes, in and around a set which allowed much creeping, climbing and cat activities.
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Les Miserables
reviewed by Gail Tresidder on Wednesday Sept 26th 2012
Les Miserables has become the most popular musical of our time with appealing music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and a libretto of substance baced on Victor Hugo's story set in turbulent 19th century France.
After a sparkling first night performance at the Theatre Royal the full house audience stood and cheered this young cast who had sung and acted with a professionalism that was astounding. Top marks to the chorus for their melodic big sound throughout and to the orchestra for their vigorous support. Mick Dowrick kept it all together splendidly and it was a pity he didn't come up on the stage at the end for a well deserved thank you.
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Sound of Music
The Nelson Mail review by Judith Paviell - 10th April 2012
Early in the performance it was reassuring to catch random notes floating from the audience, snippets from Do-Ray-Mi, and My Favourite Things, and to realize that I wasn?t the only one struggling not to burst forth to these perennial favourites.
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Reviewed by Julie Marshall-Tideman, Nelson Mail 17-05-12
Grease still the word
"Grease" - it's an iconic musical that originated in 1971 and was captured on film in 1978 with the famous duo John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. If you don't know it (the only excuse being that you weren't born), "Grease" is a musical about teenage love, sex, cars, gangs and peer pressure, set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Rydell High, an American high school.
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Great dancing, singing and all that jazz
Reviewed by Janet Whittington - 03/05/2011
The bad weather predicted this week is a good excuse to head inside our fabulous refurbished Theatre Royal and marvel at Richard Carruthers' direction of Chicago.
SLICK: Hamish McIntosh as Billy in the Nelson Youth Theatre production of Chicago at the Theatre Royal.
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Company gets back on its feet with Chicago
by Tracy Neal - 03/05/2011
A Nelson theatre company on its knees last year is back up singing and dancing with the musical extravaganza Chicago, which opened at the Theatre Royal last night.
Black set, colourful action: Hamish McIntosh performs as Billy in the Nelson Youth Theatre production of Chicago at the Theatre Royal.
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A Christmas Carol
Reviewed by Janet Whittington - 03/12/2011
I was greeted at the door by a very bright cheerful young lady who offered us a programme very professionally. Impressive for a school child.
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The 1966 Broadway play which morphed into the 1972 movie "Cabaret" was a huge hit with its string of memorable songs, its strong political message and for me, the performance of Joel Gray as master of ceremonies.

Nelson Youth Theatre's production last night struck the same chords, although, of course the MC this time was not Joel Gray but Nelson teenager Matthew Mount. The central role requires the actor to be an intermediary between actors and audience, confiding and conspiratorial, arch and exuberant, to sing and to dance. Mount was brilliant in all aspects.
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Oliver! - A Musical Treasure Chest
By Jo Say - 08/04/2011
Lionel Bart's Oliver is a pick-pockets treasure chest of a musical. Jam packed with sparkling character roles and precious gems of well loved songs. A large number of strong principal performers is required to do justice to the show and on the opening night, Nelson Youth Theatre Company's Team Ben did not disappoint.
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'Into the Woods JR' - Re-Telling a 'Must-See' Success
Reviewed by Moreen Eason - 08/04/2011
The music of Stephen Sondheim is difficult even for a professional cast of adults, and the incredibly complicated interweaving of well-known fairy tales in 'Into the Woods' is a challenge for the most experienced of directors.
What a wonderful surprise, then, the Nelson Youth Theatre has sprung on Nelson audiences.
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Enthusiasm the key to a decade of youth theatre
By Geoff Collett - 27/03/2011
There is an unavoidable sense of the driven about Richard Carruthers and  his role at the helm of Nelson Youth Theatre.
How else to explain the company's extraordinary output of productions over the past 10 years? Or the increasingly ambitious goals Mr Carruthers is setting for it? The commitment and risk he is prepared to carry on its behalf? And the time and energy he has devoted to it during that decade?
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