I’m always blown away by the talent exposed in the major mid year WAAPA musical and this years offering, Bring It On The musical, did not disappoint.
As the audience enters the theatre they are greeted by a giant digital screen that invites them to upload their photos via #bringitonwaapa. The audience is then whipped into a frenzy during the pre show announcement and as the countdown clock begins shouts of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… herald the opening notes of Bring It On The Musical.
Hannah Burridge as Campbell is the perfect cheerleader. She leads the cast with poise and charm (and her dancing skills are evident as she performs a hop hop number dressed in a giant leprechaun head). Campbell’s love interest Randall, played by Jason Arrow, has a captivating voice and presence on stage. He emotionally performs one of the best musical numbers, ‘Enjoy the Trip’, with Burridge.
Stafanie Caccamo as Bridget steals the laughs in the first act. As Truman High’s giant beaked parrot cheerleading mascot she is able to illicit laughs from audience.
Stephanie Wall (Nautica), Hayden Baum (La Cienega) and Melissa Russo (Danielle) are a commanding trio on stage as they lead the dance crew from Jackson High. Baum struts his stuff in heels and some of the shortest skirts on stage. Melissa Russo’s powerful vocals lead the trio to steal some of the best scenes in the show.
Costumes deigned by Rozina Suliman are active wear on steroids. Obligatory shorts, singlets, track suits, and lycra outfits set the stage in a wash of colour. The skin tight silver finals outfits, worn by the Truman High School team, are a highlight, complete with glowing blue T’s.
Choreography by Michael Ralph is slick and tight and this cast perform it with precision. Ralph’s choreography cleverly disguises the fact that the cast are not professional cheer leaders capable of death defying lifts and flips. The cast manage to perform lifts and drops from great highs that require complete trust by those performing them. Several cast members supported bruising on their bodies to attest to the danger of the moves.
The production allowed for a simple yet effective set designed by Steve Nolan. Lockers and bleacher revolved around the stage while the evolution of technology allowed for a giant digital back drop screen on which were projected various scenes of school gyms and night skies.
Bring It On The Musical is a cheesy, teen, cheer leading musical performed by a talented group of final year and second year Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Musical Theatre students.
Grab your tickets now. Tickets available through Ticketek.