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Review: Save the Last Dance For Me at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Set in the early 1960s, Save The Last Dance For Me is a love story between a young couple.
A 17 year old girl, Marie (Elizabeth Carter) from Luton and a black US RAF member, from Tennessee, Curtis (Kieran McGinn) meet in Lowestoft.
They have to face separation and combat views of others, but in the end love conquers all.
The scene opens with two sisters getting ready to go on their holiday to Lowestoft without parents in tow.
The bond between the sisters is portrayed very realistically and they open with their very charming version of Rhythm of the Rain.
Jennifer, (Verity Jones) the older sister plays the edgier character, a single young girl who is out for a good time.
While Marie, (Elizabeth Carter) the youngest, is sweet and innocent and eager to learn.
Another strong character in the show is Curtis’ colleague and friend, Milton (Lee Honey-Jones), playing a cheeky chappy who likes his fair share of the ladies.
Curtis plays the charming hunk, who only has eyes for one girl (Marie).
Curtis and Milton’s friendship is tested when a misunderstanding occurs over Marie.
However all the troubles and obstacles which seem to get in the way of the couple's happiness, soon disappear and they are accepted by society.
Throughout the performance there is constant singing and dancing which never takes you away from the story line.
Hits like Viva Las Vegas and Sweets for My Sweet are particular highlights of the show and were performed with energy and enthusiasm.
The young cast are vocally very strong and their convincing performances make you believe you are actually in the 1960s, growing up with them.
Overall the story is about friendship, racism and sex.
This is a fun show for all age groups and audience participation is always encouraged, especially with singing along to the classic hits of the 60s!