Save the Last Dance For Me at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton review

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A TALE of teenage love 60s style illuminates the stage.

Save The Last Dance For Me tells the tale of sisters Marie and Jennifer who venture on their first parent-free holiday to exotic Lowestoft in the summer of 1963.

Miles away from downtown Luton they come across US forces, stationed at the holiday destination and soon find their way into the hearts of the men who sing and play nightly at their UK air base.

The show packs in the musical numbers, making good use of the company’s musicians. Most of the action is set in the US air base’s club room and means songs can be included at the drop of the hat.

The audience will know many of the songs allowing them to wallow in a sense of nostalgia and join in with the fun.

In the lead roles of Marie and Jennifer, Megan Jones and Hannah Frederick charm the crowd with their stunning voices. Indeed all of the cast possess strong voices and this makes up for some weaknesses in the acting and some slightly dodgy American accents.

With seaside postcards surrounding the stage, Save The Last Dance For Me takes the audience on a delightful holiday back to a time when living in Britain was far simpler place to live. It makes me wish I had been a teenager back then.

Review by Sue Eaton

Save the Last Dance For Me is performed at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton until Saturday. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.