LIGHT, bright, charming and funny – that was the dancing delight presented by Southern Youth Ballet at the Congress Theatre with their production of La Fille Mal Gardee.
La Fille (The Unchaperoned Daughter) is a simple rustic tale of girl (Rose) loves boy (Colin), they want to marry but her mother (Widow Levett) wants her to marry the son of a rich farmer instead but all ends happily.
The dancing throughout the two-act ballet was light and the costumes were colourful and bright.
The charm came from the assured duo, Olivia Woods and Curtis Pooley who danced Rose and Colin.Amazingly, these two are aged 17 and 15 respectively. They seemed older and more experienced than they can possibly be and not only danced but also acted their roles with great sensitivity.
The fun came from Alan, the Squire’s “hopeless” son, danced endearingly by Lorena Perez, the widow (Jilly Lindley) and from several farmyard characters. Three delightful chickens (Hannah Pearce, Ellie Mizen and Lauren Billings), a very graceful duck (Honor Roberts) and a cat (Chorlene Biron-Monnier) all shone in their roles.
This is the fifth year that the professional musicians have been conducted with panache by Kenneth Roberts for the Southern Youth Ballet Orchestra, leader Lisa Wigmore.
The young company is lucky to dance a full-length ballet on such a large stage with live music.
Yet again SYB founder, Liz Buckland and her team came up trumps with a production which allowed so many local dancers to show their talents and entertain a large audience.