The Season by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan presented by the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, showing Tue 5th – Sat 16th November.
The Season is a heart-warming, delightfully humorous Christmas musical to get you into the holiday swing. It follows the journey of Dougal, a young man, full of festivity from Ipswich, England, and Robin, a young American woman is who is far from fond of the Christmas season. Dougal tags along with Robin’s busy life as he explores New York city for the first time, in anticipation of the wedding of his Father, who left him and his mother before he was born.
Both Tori Allen-Martin and Alex Cardall portrayed the characters of Robin and Dougal with much style and promise throughout. It was notable that Tori Allen-Martin managed to uphold a believable American accent even while singing. Both actors had sets of carefully thought out and unique mannerisms for their roles. Alex Cardall especially gave the character a well-done balance between charisma and dorky awkwardness that made the audience fall in love with him.
Parts of the story where told well though a stunning montage on a revolving middle of the stage which included a set of beautiful costumes, and the enthusiasm from both actors throughout added to the feel-good mood of the show. I feel that there wasn’t a dull song in the show, due to Tori and Alex’s persistence to keep the audience engaged through their colourful acting and vocals.
In every place the use of lighting furthered the emotional and visual mood of the show. I say the same for the undeniable chemistry between Tori and Alex that allowed the audience emotion connection with the story.
If there was one thing that could have been improved upon, I found that in some places the props and scenery could have been a little distracting, or possibly cluttered the stage.
Overall this musical was a stunning display of emotion, drama and the Christmas spirit. I would highly recommend it and would love to see again.
Ella Peartree – East Bergholt High School