Rockin’ Robin

Rockin’ Robin
By Judith Prior. Primadonna Productions. Directed by Carole Dhu. Pinjarra Civic Centre, WA. June 30 - July 1, 2023

Primadonna Productions rocked the Pinjarra Civic Centre with its vibrant production of jukebox musical Rockin’ Robin. Performed by a young cast, the story centres around young Maddie and her love interest Will, who during a Rock Eisteddfod rehearsal are magically transported in time and place to Sherwood Forest, at the time of Robin Hood.

Featuring some familiar popping tunes that had the audience tapping their feet, this fun little tale was well told and beautifully sung by this strong and keen young ensemble.

Central character Maddie was played with outstanding presence by Holly Creelman, who provided a strong anchor for the show. Shy love interest Will, who also becomes Will Scarlett, was well played by Holly's brother Flynn, in what I imagine was an acting challenge for both performers. They had a lovely camaraderie.

Title character Robin Hood was given personality and verve by Matilda Ellis, with Bronwen Jones a sweet Maid Marion. Max Bonner had authority and conviction as The Sorcerer, while Ruth Creelman was excellent in her final performance for the youth company as the Sherriff of Nottingham. Darien Peckover, an unconventional Little John, brought lots of personality to the role. Anna Marias was impressive as the Sorcerer's unfortunate looking daughter.

The large cast played a plethora of roles, far too many to mention but I particularly enjoyed Bonnie Creelman's Helen and Josie Fahl’s Casanova the Cat. The ensemble worked well as a team, singing with enthusiasm and energy, and dancing up a storm.

The production was supported by strong lighting choices from Stephen Jones and Rp van der Westhuizen and featured great quality projections and fun medieval and modern costuming coordinated by Carole Dhu.

It's always lovely to see a Primadonna Youth Production.

Kimberley Shaw

Photographer: Gemma Little

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