The latest show to delight everyone at the Senior School is ‘Cabaret’ – filmed in December 2020 and featuring students from Year 8 to the Sixth Form. Cabaret was not performed to a live audience in the ABT (Anthony Barnard Theatre) as in previous years, due to the Governments social distancing measures. This meant the Drama and Music Department decided a musical extravaganza performed in year group bubbles would be the perfect production.
Rehearsals began in September and filming was completed towards the end of December. The production is now being shared with parents and the whole school community to watch and enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. The fast-moving Cabaret features over 100 students as performers, band and crew, in 20 different musical numbers, and has proved to be a really positive and enjoyable production for staff and students to put together, despite the various Covid-related challenges!
The many well-known and popular musical numbers included: Cabaret, New York New York, Don’t Rain on my Parade, Make Them Hear You and All that Jazz. The brilliant cast gave amazing performances. With special mentions to Ben and Charlie who completely embraced the roles of comperes. They wrote all their material to introduce the numbers and created their own double act! In addition a special mention to Emily for stepping in to fill in the solo of another student who needed isolating at the very last moment.
Kerry Robinson, Director of Drama, commented: “Collaborating with the Music department is always a highlight in the school’s calendar and though it was disappointing not to perform to a live audience the Cabaret brought fresh and exciting challenges for us all. One of these was finding new ways of re-interpreting the songs as they can’t be performed in their original context, and this gave us the chance to reflect on contemporary issues. Unfortunately isolations and lockdown meant that we were unable to film our lovely Year 7 numbers but we thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing with them and I am sure we have spotted many stars of future productions.
“A huge thank you to everyone involved in the production especially our volunteer wardrobe team who took all of the new restrictions in their stride and made the performers look incredible.”
Paul Showell, Director of Music added: “The hard work and dedication of all the students, staff and parents involved with this very unique production, has been extraordinary. We have seen an enormous wealth of talent on the stage, in the orchestra, in the set-building and in the technical production. The musical numbers were extremely complex and required significant learning and extensive choreography. We continue to be amazed and inspired by our musicians and actors.”
The show and gallery of photographs can be viewed below. The password for the show has been sent via ElthamPost