Hannah's Edinburgh Fringe
Street (Venue 236)
Do you want to see a show... man? Returning after their sell-out 2016 Fringe run, Napier University Drama Society presents an all-singing, all-dancing, original parody of Frozen and the Disney universe! Accompanied by a live band, follow Grandpa Tam's story of Ellie and Annie as they navigate through well-known lands, meet familiar faces and get involved in a turf war or two. It promises to be a story so great, you won't be able to let it go.
First reviews are coming in:
... I also caught Napier University Drama Society's Disney homage, Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For (at Greenside on Infirmary Street). This manages to make being rough around the edges a virtue by sending it up so much, while packing the script with meta theatre jokes and plays on words galore. Great fun. (From Steve Johnson: Theatreboard)
The fast-moving story opens with Grandpa Tam in his care home telling of Ellie and Annie navigating through well-known lands with more Disney parodies than I could ever appreciate, but can still get carried along with. We meet the Princess, so grand “her ponies have ponies”, who is captured by two drag queen baddies and locked in a prop cage which they comically refer to as the “Nicolas” cage. The cage character duets with Annie with just solo piano to great effect, worthy of any musical. We hear Senga ‘choose life’ and Rapella responding to a rap challenge. This piece is a highlight showing her character skills and responding to the boys. Original musical theatre songs do follow a template and here we have no exceptions. Competently produced by the live musicians we get the ballads, the over the top show songs and an ensemble piece fabulously choreographed with the whole cast in sync on stage and belting it out. A huge cast – I counted 14 on stage, plus musicians and an even bigger team of techies, production crew and media staff – makes this the success it is with sold out performances. Actors with convincing US accents, well projected vocals (no radio mics) and confident performance throughout results in another triumph for NUDS. (John Murray, Broadway Baby)
Having seen their hilarious Lord of the Rings musical last year, I had high expectations for this show. Not only did the show meet those expectations, it exceeded them. They took everything we love about Disney and turned it into an absolute hoot. There were moments that genuinely had me crying with laughter. The music and dancing were very well choreographed, the writing was brilliantly sharp and clever, and the actors all embraced their roles with gleeful silliness. From the cheeky Disney jokes and hilariously terrible puns to the brilliant use of pop culture references, the show was brimming with wit. Absolutely loved it. A must-see at this year's Fringe, especially if you're a Disney fan. Brilliant! (David Martin, Edfringe)
... the heart of the show is innocent and pure while still managing to keep in a few jokes for the parents. The song are slick and catchy too, leaving you humming "welcome to our town" until you head off to bed. The choreography was extremely well done, especially within the evil princess song. Good job all. (Colin Tweedie)
... the audience was appreciative with some whoops of joy at the end ... friends, fellow students and family enjoyed this romp but visitors to this country would be bemused! ... It started brightly with a catchy song and there were a few numbers and performances that caught the eye. The singing and backing music was also good and it may well be funny for children and easily pleased Adults. (Gordon Clayton, EdinburghGuide)
More to follow ....