Fringe Fantasmic

Aug 14 2015 | By More

★★★★☆   Truly Fantasmic!

St Andrew’s and St George’s West (Venue 111): Wed 12 – Fri 14 Aug 2015

Edinburgh Music Theatre Company presents a jam packed programme of Disney songs that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Everyone, even if they’re not willing to admit it, has a favourite Disney film. And if there’s one thing Disney gets right it’s an uplifting inspirational song. If you’re anything like the sell-out audience St Andrews and St George’s West then the chances are you’ll know all the words to it and possibly even a couple of dance moves.

Last night's Fringe Fantasmic show. Photo: Angela Mackenzie

Last night’s Fringe Fantasmic show. Photo: Angela Mackenzie

That’s exactly what Fringe Fantasmic has to offer. A wonderful evening of songs by an enthusiastic and charming company.

It’s no mistake that the evening begins with the whole company on stage singing a medley from the Lion King and ends with the whole company singing Circle of life. It might be cheesy, but it’s exactly what is wanted. From the first “ingonyama” the warm broad smiles begin to spread.

From Pocahontas to Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid to the Aristocats, the only question on everyone’s minds is whether EMT were going to sing their favourite?

There’s certainly something from every Disney decade in the repertoire, so chances are there is something to tickle every fancy. One thing for definite is that the energy and enthusiasm on stage is palpable and the singing very well done.


A particular highlight of the evening comes from Henrietta Linnemann, Scott Kenneway and Julia More as they perform Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The audience collectively held a breath waiting for a trip up in the spelling section that never came.

But of course no Disney singing medley at the moment could neglect the joy that is Frozen. Josephine Heinemeier and Sally Pugh are sensational as Anna and Elsa, belting out For The First Time in Forever. It’s exceptionally powerful stuff.

As the company take their bow at the end, however, there’s something missing. You can almost hear the younger audience members’ hearts breaking. But they’re not quite done yet – Naomi Barkley invites them all on stage, complete with a few miniature Anna and Elsas, so they can have their turn in the spotlight and Let It Go.

A truly Fantastic singalong experience that the whole family, and the odd reviewer, can enjoy!

Running time: 50 minutes
St Andrew’s and St George’s West (Venue 111), 13 George Street, EH2 2PA
Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 August 2015
Daily, 8.40pm
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