The festive season got off to a wonderful start with a magical show from Harlow based performing arts school Makin’ Steps
It was a typical Makin’ Steps production – a slick and professional show with singing from all age ranges of performers and beautifully choreographed dance numbers in disciplines which included, ballet, tap, modern and Street Dance.
As soon as the lights came up for the opening number – Take That’s Rule The World, audience members knew we were in for something special, and they weren’t disappointed. From the ceiling high Christmas tree in the centre of the stage bursting in to life with multi-coloured Christmas balls, to the “snow” covered stage complete with colour changing presents the scene was set for what was to come, starting with a packed stage of young dancers performing a foot perfect routine to Rita Ola’s – “How We Party”.
Other stand out numbers included –“I Can’t Make You Love Me”, sung beautifully by Maisie Humphreys and complemented perfectly with a powerful lyrical piece by some of the school s older dancers. There was an emotive partnership piece to “Wherever You Will Go”, danced hypnotically by Bronty Levior and Sam Freeman with vocals by an extremely talented Abbie Middleton Evans. While a ballet choreographed to Adele’s Skyfall, and sung by Charlotte Rudin also made an impression on the audience.
But It was not just the older singers who shone; there was a heart-warming rendition of “When Christmas Comes to Town” sung by the youngest of the shows singers and a well-polished musical number to Naughty from the hit musical Matilda.
There was, as always with these shows a chance for every performer to shine and shine they did with everything from the hard hitting street dance routine by the schools Formation dancers right down to the positively cute little ones dancing to “We Are Family”.
The show finished with the cast of 120 plus dancers and singers coming on stage to sing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” – the perfect way to put everyone in the Spirit of Christmas.