Music Directors Kirralee Elliott and Phoebe Clark
Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble - MUSE
Holme Studio B
Holme Building, Science Road, University of Sydney
Season: 18 – 21 May
A variety of experienced and fledgling performers take the stage in this cabaret, with an equally diverse selection of music. From intimate love songs and mourning of loss, to the upbeat striving for fame and relishing of the limelight – this show traverses an emotional topography to rival the Himalayas. Incorporating choreography into the mix in both duet and ensemble numbers, the production moves at a rapid pace to keep you consistently engaged.
Stephanie Troost’s direction unites a spectrum of situations and musical theatre styles through the cohesive vein of overcoming obstacles. This overarching theme means that each piece has its own fight, which which many of the performers partake in with strength. Notably, Lucy Allen and Dominic Scarf perform a duet with tenderness and impeccable vocal work. Overall, the musical capability of the cast couldn’t be questioned, although without microphones and only a modest-sized band it is difficult to achieve a fuller sound. Set design is minimalistic however effective use is made at points by pulling back the curtain to reveal a mirror behind, possibly serving as an introspective metaphor in a few key songs. Each piece in the cabaret called for different costuming and this best complemented the work when it created a sense of setting within the musical’s story – instantly propelling audiences into a world of miners or a ballet rehearsal room.
Some of the most interesting dramatic points in your life occur when you’re placed in a compromising position – and you’re faced with the choice either to give in, or to fight. Moving Mountains shows us the fight that audiences love to see, whilst dipping into varied facets of musical theatre. Whether you’re bopping along to the classics you love, or delving into unfamiliar territory in the audience, this production will get your mountain-moving groove on.