Ghosthunters Rise to the Challenge
In spite of the unforeseen challenges we have faced in the past couple of weeks, our Year 6 thespians were determined that the show must go on.
After weeks of dedicated rehearsals, and hours of preparing sets, lights, props and costumes, it was heart-breaking for the children to learn that they were unable to perform the final production of Ghosthunters to their friends and families. However, after a few tears, the stalwart cast raised their chins and set about preparing to perform for their fellow pupils and staff on two separate mornings.
More challenges lay ahead, but these were swiftly overcome by positive team spirit and a determination in the face of adversity. If there was ever a time to highlight the power of drama and the invaluable skills that it brings to children’s lives, then this was that week. Some cast members sadly had to leave; whether that was to return to their families overseas, or simply spend the rest of term at home, but the remaining cast pulled together, learning lines and adopting new roles – some with as little as a day’s notice!
Theatre is a time to come together and to enjoy a little entertainment in the company of friends, and we tried to achieve this as much as possible by putting on two performances for the remaining staff and pupils. Even though the audience were a little more spaced apart than usual, they were in for a collective treat.
The show began in a library, with a group of school children camping in amongst the books, waiting with baited breath for the appearance of the ghostly Monk; a mysterious figure who supposedly haunts the room. As the children keep watch, the Monk decides to have some fun of his own, bringing the stories alive for his unwitting guests. Each scene began with an atmospheric dance, which the cast and audience loved. The stories which followed were based around a whole multitude of topics, including space, spies, pirates, wizards and even Shakespeare. Each narrative enabled the cast to showcase their talents as performers, and every scene was expertly knitted together, transporting the audience to-and-fro between the library and some magical world.
The second performance ran seamlessly; only a few staff were available to support, but the children rose to the challenge and performed exceptionally, both on and off stage. The set and lighting looked fantastic, as did the costumes, and that was all due to the Year 7 and 8 backstage crew.
Commenting, our Head of Drama, Lisa Keirle, said: “The comradeship and communication between everyone was absolutely perfect. Well done to all of the cast and crew for their fantastic production of Ghosthunters; a show which will not be forgotten … for various reasons!”
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