Some things are indelibly inked into your childhood, a fixed moment in time. These moments change you, and shape you into the adult you will one day become. One of these moments, for me, was at the age of 13 watching the movie Ghost.
There was something about the emotions of the film that made my newly teenage hairs stand on end, and combined with pure masculinity of Patrick Swayze, it made me realise the depth of feelings that were to come in my adult life. I remember wondering what it would be like to love someone that much that you’d be willing to believe they were still there even after they died.
Twenty five years on the Regent Theatre’s production of Ghost upheld everything I remember feeling as a teen. The emotions portrayed by the cast, but especially Carolyn Maitland and Andy Moss, playing Molly & Sam brought back memories and triggered emotions. The addition of musical numbers brought light & shade, with the haunting “With You” bringing tears & goosebumps, and “Are You a Believer” bringing smiles & colour.
An outstanding performance by Jacqui Dubois as the larger than life Oda Mae Brown showed a stage presence & comic timing comparable to the original Whoopi Goldberg. Big shoes to fill, but fill them Jacqui did,
The scene changes, the almost magical effects, and wonderful performances by the whole of the cast combined to make for a spectacular evening. A special mention to James Earl Adair, who brought classic american jazz to Stoke on Trent with his Rat Pack voice in “You Gotta Let Go Now”.
The finale had me, and most of the audience, sobbing bittersweet tears as Sam ascended to a version of heaven I’d like to believe in. I was transfixed, suspending my disbelief and once again making me wonder at true love’s power.
You can see Ghost at The Regent Theatre until 25th March! Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 08448 717 649 or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke.