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Success of new musical at Watford Palace Theatre

The Lost Spells runs until Saturday, April 8. <i>(Image: Greta Zabulyte)</i>
The Lost Spells runs until Saturday, April 8. (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

Watford Palace Theatre’s new musical successfully shines a light on protecting the world’s animals and nature.

The Lost Spells follows a girl go on an adventure in a magical world as she tries to remember her name.

Throughout the show she meets several animals and learns about the beauty and importance of protecting the environment, as well as realising how crucial it is to form her own identity of which to be proud of.

Watford Observer: The girl that forgot her name went on a magical adventure.
Watford Observer: The girl that forgot her name went on a magical adventure.

The girl that forgot her name went on a magical adventure. (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

The musical, for people aged six to 106, had its first performance on Tuesday, March 28.

An abundance of talent was on display during the 90-minute show.

The actors were all phenomenal who could sing, act and were playing no fewer than 10 instruments between them.

But it was leading lady Miriam Nyarko who truly stole the show.

Watford Observer: Miriam Nyarko stole the show
Watford Observer: Miriam Nyarko stole the show

Miriam Nyarko stole the show (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

Playing the girl who forgets her name, Miriam’s voice was powerful and angelic in equal measure.

Her portrayal of a 12 year old who is struggling to understand her place in society was believable and relatable.

All the actors excelled with each one striking a perfect chord between comedic timing and a serious tone when matters of the environment were brought to the forefront.

Watford Observer: Left: Alex Wingfield played the Fox
Watford Observer: Left: Alex Wingfield played the Fox

Left: Alex Wingfield played the Fox (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

Their ability to tell a story through song was helped with a well written script and lively music.

The songs were so catchy that after the show children could be heard singing them on the way out – a sign the show was a success.

Watford Observer: Left: Paula James played Jackdaw
Watford Observer: Left: Paula James played Jackdaw

Left: Paula James played Jackdaw (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

And a simple but effective stage design allowed the actors to move freely and helped the audience to use their own imagination when needed.

The audience was always reminded that humans, animals and nature were all connected – the true meaning behind the show.

Watford Observer: Toby De Salis (right) played the Hare
Watford Observer: Toby De Salis (right) played the Hare

Toby De Salis (right) played the Hare (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

This was highlighted in one of the final scenes when a 900-year-old oak tree, voiced by Death in Paradise star Don Warrington, comes to life.

One of the actors said: “It takes years to grow and seconds to crush.”

The scene poignantly reminded the audience of how the world is changing and not always for the best.

Watford Observer: Lucy Yates played the Woodpecker
Watford Observer: Lucy Yates played the Woodpecker

Lucy Yates played the Woodpecker (Image: Greta Zabulyte)

The new musical is fun for all ages, perfect for the Easter break.

Performances run until Saturday, April 8 with tickets starting from £5.