Carmen High (Opera Posse)
By Penelope Hervouet | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016
The story of a joke gone wrong, big-cast musical ‘Carmen High’ presents the lives of teenagers in an American high school. With one word in mind – popularity – the characters bully, ignore and sometimes help each other. The piece is centred around Carmen, a mean and sensual cheerleader who jokingly dates Jose, the school outcast. With an air of ‘Spring Awakening’, the scenes are punctuated by solos in which some of the teens share their thoughts and struggles in their quest for identity. Bizet’s music – along with other musical genres – is adapted to this typical teenage story, giving it an interesting twist. The vocals are unequal, and the piece needs some polishing, but it’s a good performance nonetheless.
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tw rating 3/5 | [Pénélope Hervouet]