YOUNG actors have received rave reviews from the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NORDA) North West.

Workington girl Beth Smith, 16, took the challenging lead of Christine in the Lloyd-Webber musical which has been a hit around the world.

In fact, presented by StagedRight, the Carlisle youth theatre company, all the main characters and chords, technical crew and make-up consisted of young people.

There were three performances at the Sand Centre in Carlisle.

NODA representative Ed McGee said: "On entering the theatre, the set looked very atmospheric, and proved simple in its design, allowing for swift and efficient scene changes.

"The rising of the chandelier whet the appetite of the audience of what was to come. The remote-controlled boat, and pyrotechnics, taken on by StagedRight graduate Toby Cass was truly amazing.

"Congratulations to Toby and his dad Neil. The lighting suited the scenes at all times.

"All the principals gave very strong portrayals of their respective characters, there wasn’t a weak link in the whole cast. They all made an excellent job of handling the difficult Lloyd Webber score.

"Luke Thompson taking on the role of The Phantom was outstanding, his acting and singing was simply terrific. His wigs and prosthetics, created by StagedRight graduate Carly Roberts were excellent.

"Christine, played by Beth Smith was absolutely superb, her singing of all the well-known numbers made famous by Sarah Brightman, were truly outstanding for one so young.

"Carlotta, played by Sophie Richardson, brought the comedy out of the role, and her operatic singing of ‘Think of Me’ was amazing. Nathan Yielder as Raoul is a very accomplished singer and actor.

"All the ensemble numbers were terrific, and the way they were set on stage, was very clever. The eighteen-piece orchestra, led by MD Alison Bedford was truly wonderful. They were always kept under control, so as not to overshadow the performers.

"The costumes brought together by Sallie McNeill, and her team were stunning. It was fabulous to see so many enthusiastic young people, all working together, not only enjoying themselves but bringing pleasure to so many others.

"The last word must go to David McNeill, he has done it again and given Carlisle an absolutely outstanding production. "CONGRATULATIONS to each and every one of you."

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