Mr S. McQueen, Subject leader: Drama, writes:
On Wed 6th – Fri 8th February, five months of hard work came to fruition in three outstanding performances of this year’s school production, “Our House”.
The work began way back in September when auditions were held and rehearsals began, with students working hard to learn lines, songs, dances and music; giving up their time after school and some weekends to ensure their performances were outstanding both on and off stage.
Huge thanks must go to the staff who worked hard to make this production a success; Mrs Jackson and Mr Craig, who worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure lights, staging, set, music, publicity, choreography and much more worked seamlessly to support the students.
However the real stars and those who deserve the most praise are the students, working hard on stage, back stage and in the band. This year we had a plethora of students involved who had never done the school production before as well as a regular members of the cast. We were especially pleased the high numbers of people auditioning for principle roles for the first time. The cast excelled themselves as always, putting in all their emotion and talent to portray Camden, NW5 and the people who live there, drawing their audience in and dazzling them with their acting and singing. It is always hard to pick out individuals with a cast as they worked seamlessly as an ensemble to create the show, but specific mention must go to Hayden Cable, playing the lead role of Joe Casey, showing the two alternate lives after he makes a life changing decision. Our other principle actors; Bethan Makowski, Vicky Langley, Olivia Evans, Ben Ferry, Louis Ross, Karl Puranik, Justine House and Alfie Kerr were equally strong, creating powerful and moving performances as the loved ones, friends and enemies in Joe’s life.
Students also ran SaLT (our Sound and Light Team) and the back stage crew, with special thanks to Will Stringer for designing the lights for the show and leading SaLT and our Back Stage Manager, Edie Spencer, for running the show from the wings. Extra special thanks must also go to Allyna Farrell and Lora Johnson, who made sure Hayden’s incredibly fast costume changes happened seamlessly, the unsung heroes of the show.
Well done to all students involved, your effort and talent has created another wonderful school production. Thank you and well done.