REVIEW: BIG The Musical in New Mills is a show not to be missed

BIG The Musical is being performed at New Mills Art Theatre this weekend.

By Sheryl Haydock-Howorth
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 12:15 pm
BIG The Musical is on at New Mills Art Theatre this weekend. Photo - Mike Petch
BIG The Musical is on at New Mills Art Theatre this weekend. Photo - Mike Petch

Here is what reviewer Sheryl Haydock-Howorth made of the show.

This is a story of young Josh Baskin a 12 year old boy from New Jersey who finds that whenever he sees pretty 13 year old Cynthia Benson he is totally speechless and doesn’t understand his feelings.

However, when his best friend Billy Kopecki tells him Cynthia thinks he’s cute, he makes a wish at the carnival “I wish I was big” and so the fun begins.

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Playing the role of 12-year-old Josh tonight was Jake Ashworth who tried really hard, was full of energy, but unfortunately the orchestra tended to overpower his performance. His older self was played by the very talented Seb Green. This is a very demanding role and Seb was full of determination and presence on stage. He has a good strong singing voice and this was matched with his personality in his acting. His song ‘I want to go Home’ was quite moving and very convincing. Becky Towner-Yates as his mother gave a lovely emotional performance which was well matched with her singing.

Melissa Steele was well cast as Susan showing she had not only had a beautiful voice but also a strong character to go with it.

Two other strong performances were given by Freia Reidel-Fisher as Miss Watson and Sam Bolton as Paul.

Jake Hornsey as Billy gave an excellent performance for one so young. He brought fun to his character and has a great understanding of stagecraft and presence - certainly a name to watch out for in the future.

This production is a showcase of the talent from youth in this area. Both chorus and youngsters providing lots of enthusiasm, high energy and toe tapping routines. Congratulations to director Natalie Bowden this is certainly a show not to be missed. So hurry and get your tickets.

BIG The Musical will be performed at New Mills Art Theatre on Jodrell Street on May 12, 13 and 14 at 7.15pm. There is also a matinee performance at 2.15pm on May 14. Tickets are priced at £16.50 adults, under 16’s and concession £14.50. Call the box office on 07527 536 583 or email: [email protected] to book. Alternatively, book online at (booking fees may apply).