Shows which emphasise ideas of family, of having fun and the natural talent of performers are much needed in our present climate. In Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s KERMOND COMEDY CAPERS, father and son team Warren Kermond and Wayne Scott Kermond used their experience to introduce the young crowd to the magic of cabaret, vaudeville, slapstick, classic song and dance routines, and a sequence of hilarious gags.
This worthwhile concept is a celebration of old-school entertainment styles. It contrasted with what the children may witness on TV, especially on over-produced reality show talent quests. Great unison and solo tap-dancing, elements of clowning, careful timing and constant audience participation ensured the audience members of any age group were totally engaged.
Warren Kermond introduced us to the early movie hero Charlie Chaplin. He charmed us with a warm rendition of the legend’s signature tune “Smile” from the star’s film ‘Modern Times’. In line with the essence of this entire show, the song encouraged us to laugh and not be scared to stretch our modern faces into a much needed smile.
Wayne Scott Kermond provided excellent comic energy and physical humour. His talent as a tap dancer was exciting to witness and this comfortable live entertainer gave many moments a larger than life lilt. Elastic facial expressions and exaggerated gestures were appreciated by the target audience of 4-9 years.
All successful comedy elements aside, these ‘capers’ were an historical journey which endeared us to the traditions of live stage entertainment. It touchingly refreshed the popular theme of talented family duos at home on stage together. The storyline concerning a Kermond family heirloom finally being presented to the next generation supplied a structural thread in the show. The presentation ceremony was in glorious slow-motion. This storyline encouraged riotous audience participation.
Minties were tossed from the stage throughout the show with abandon. These retro sweets, like the performances on offer, quickly became the bonzer new popping candy. They were gobbled up by the audience members of tomorrow.
KERMOND COMEDY CAPERS has concluded its school holiday run at the Monkey Baa Theatre. It would work well in a return season or for school education programmes, as such performance styles should not be lost to the next generation.
For more about Kermond Comedy Capers, visit http://www.monkeybaa.com.au