Happy Days and nights for Sidmouth Youth Theatre cast

Sidmouth Youth Theatres production of Happy Days The Musical. Ref shs 05-17TI 6382. Picture: Terry I

Sidmouth Youth Theatres production of Happy Days The Musical. Ref shs 05-17TI 6382. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Youth Theatre delivered another top show with a powerhouse ensemble performance in its production of Happy Days the musical.

The 1950s’ stage show went down a storm with all generations last week at the Manor Pavilion.

Featuring all of the iconic characters, the students transported crowds to 1959 Milwaukee for an evening of high energy and toe-tapping tunes.

More than 60 students were cast in the feel-good show, which follows the popular Cunningham family and friends trying to save the popular Arnold’s malt shop.

The musical numbers came thick and fast, as quickly as set and prop changes, which ran seamlessly.

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In a talented ensemble, each leading character shone vocally and with their well-executed accents.

Taking on the iconic role of Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzerelli was Zak Robinson, who made the character his own.

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The youngster pulled on the famous black jacket and perfected the character’s trademarked ‘Ey’ with pointed thumbs without it being an imitation - and had a powerful vocal display to boot.

Vicky Wyant was naturally confident as Pinky Tuscadero, but also delivered vulnerability as she considered what she wanted from life and her relationship with Fonzie.

Callum Burns (Ritchie Cunnigham), Jamie Taylor (Ralph Malph), Sam Hunt (Potsie) and Joe Buckland (Charchi) were handed many challenges throughout the show, including singing four-part harmonies.

The quartet showed an incredible display of trust during the song Run, which featured a diving leap, slow-motion runs and lifts – that could only polished through months of hard work and rehearsals.

Many moments delighted the audience, but none more so than the excellently-choreographed wrestling scene, which contained hilarious costumes, slow motion action and a fitting climax to the Aave Arnold’s campaign.

Like its television namesake, the show was family friendly, warm, entertaining and a hit for all audiences.

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