Review: Spotlights:Shine Like The Sun

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

With an eclectic mix of musical theatre tunes from classics to upcoming shows, Exeter University’s Spotlights performed with passion, energy and chemistry on the Exeter Phoenix stage. The company connected with the audience, singing and performing with intensity and incredible ability which were captivating from the first note. With a particular focus on celebrating individuality and inspiring self-confidence and expression, the Spotlights cast and crew created an atmosphere that consistently communicated their message. Continue reading Review: Spotlights:Shine Like The Sun

Review: Spotlights:Expressing Yourself

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding, vibrant, and spectacular; ‘Expressing Yourself’ is not a show to be missed! 

Following their third consecutive sell-out summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Exeter University’s musical theatre show choir, Spotlights, is back with their exceptional show ‘Expressing Yourself’. This talented group of musical theatre lovers took to the stage to perform a brand-new set list, with high-energy choreography seamlessly blended with rich harmonies. With musical hits ranging all ages and genres, from Broadway classics, such as Wicked, to new fan favourites Hamilton and Kinky Boots, and even including Disney tunes from Tangled. Whether you are a theatre fanatic or just partial to occasionally belting in the shower, there is certainly a number to suit every audience member’s tastes. This joyous show is a true celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and being the version of yourself that you want to be. The production was received with consistent cheers and applause – it truly is not one to be missed!   Continue reading Review: Spotlights:Expressing Yourself

Review: Footlights’ ‘Oklahoma!’ @ Exeter Northcott

Footlights captured the hearts of their audience as their outstanding performance of ‘Oklahoma!’ took over the Northcott theatre in a whirlwind of excitement and bustle on Wednesday afternoon. With over 100 students involved in the cast, band and production team combined, this is Exeter University’s largest theatre production of the year. All their effort in perfecting every minor detail of this show certainly paid off and is absolutely something they should all be proud of.

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Review: My Fair Lady

Footlights, Exeter’s musical theatre society, are well-known for their high-budget, high-ambition productions. Shows like The Producers, Singin’ in the Rain and Gypsy, were tantalising visual spectacles, true to the Broadway musical genre. So it was intriguing to see their production of My Fair Lady which, unlike their other recent plays, was performed at the smaller Lemon Grove. This allowed the cast and production team to … Continue reading Review: My Fair Lady

Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Footlights’ production of Singin’ in the Rain was a remarkable success, more than doing justice to the 1952 Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen-directed classic film. The student-led production included the original’s song and dance numbers, performed with enormous talent. They maintained all the film’s feel-good energy, filling the stage at the Northcott Theatre with near professional levels of flair. Running until Saturday 27th January, it is well worth … Continue reading Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Catching Up with the Phantom Cast

As The Phantom of the Opera approaches, Rowan has a chance to catch up with the director and cast from Exeter University’s Musical Theatre Society ‘Footlights’, about weird warm up routines, cast divas and challenges they have had to face so far…   A chat with Daniela Goldaracena Parkes (Director) What made you decide to take on Phantom? I wasn’t too keen on Phantom of the Opera prior so seeing … Continue reading Catching Up with the Phantom Cast

Cabaret: escapism at its most lavishly entertaining

Footlights are trying their hand at Cabaret, the popular musical first performed in 1966, based on the 1939 short novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. They will perform at the Lemon Grove on Tuesday the 26th, Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th. The piece centres on the relations of Sally Bowles, a young English cabaret performer, and Cliff Bradshaw, an aspiring American novelist, … Continue reading Cabaret: escapism at its most lavishly entertaining