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Another week, another Fame, this being the second time in recent weeks I have seen this show locally. This time, the plot unfolded a rather alternative relationship to the school of Performing Arts. 

Stagecoach highlighted the pressures that the school placed on the students, as well as the creative industry itself, and performed Fame Jr. a more concise and clean version of the original. 

The cast made the most of what they had, with a storyline that doesn't really have much substance. The acting was definitely this company's strong point.

Mabel Washington, played by Millie Gmaj, sang an angelic yet hilarious solo whilst surrounded by her by her favourite foods. Serena Katz (Katie Parkes) and Nick Piazza (Ryan Chown) performed the perfect duo, with some delicate moments, in particular I Want to Make Magic. This venue is small and the set design by Lisa Woolridge was minimal to make use of the space. The Wharf Theatre has a lovely feel to it and this enabled the small cast to use their natural voices in the space. Unfortunately, this time live music was not included. I think this would have been a nice touch, as the backing track hindered their brilliant and unique interpretation.

Fame is an all-singing, dancing and acting show and of course being such a young company their vocals will always improve and become stronger.

Nia Powell, Devizes Gazette and Herald, 23 February 2017