“Fame: The Musical,” as directed by David Hanson and performed at the Grand Theatre, exceeded all my expectations.
“Having seen ‘Fame’ in the past, I could really appreciate the director’s take on the show while still capturing its originality,” says Shelley Love, a spectator and avid musical enthusiast.
“Although at times, the loud music made it a little difficult to hear all of the dialogue.”
Not only was “Fame” inspiring and relatable, it was hilarious, too. The comedy aspect had a way of almost crossing the inappropriate line. However, the jokes are hidden in a carefully, well-phrased dialogue. They are definitely implied, but never actually said. This concept is what gives “Fame” its spunky edge.
The overall execution of the performers was commendable. They brought big smiles, impeccable dance moves and a powerful energy that immediately engaged the audience.
“I am immensely proud of what these kids have accomplished over the past five weeks,” says Hanson.
“Opening night couldn’t have gone any better.”
Mabel, played by Bell Hennefer, took to the stage as if she were born to preform. Playing the role of an over-weight dancer who constantly struggles with her body image, Hennefer captured the eyes of the audience with her ability to create laughter in the situation by joking about her weight problem.
She made light of her situation while carrying it out with the most outright confidence. Hennefer’s self-assurance shined through during her solo titled “Mabel’s Prayer.”
This added a new asset to her character; the girl could sing.
“Although I am always proud of all of the cast members, Mabel’s character tends to be a crowd favorite. Bell always does such an amazing and powerful job with it,” says Hanson.
As we continue to grow older, we continue to become more realistic about life. “Fame” gives the audience a chance to remember their own dreams. It reminds us what it feels like to have hope instead of logic and reason. For two hours of the night, it completely transforms the realist into a dreamer.
“Perhaps you will discover for yourself that while fame is fleeting, ‘Fame’ endures,” says Hanson.