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Academy Show

From Module 2, a busy crew of budding actors alongside Mrs Wilkinson, Mr Craven and Mr Billinger have been preparing for the academy production this year. On Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February, the cast showcased their hard work and effort and we are glad to announce that it was a huge success!

Starring sixth formers Ellie Martland (Maria) and Harry Nuttall (Tony), the romantic musical based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was truly spellbinding. From the lighting crew to those involved in making programs or selling tickets, everybody both on and off the stage worked exceptionally hard to pull together the performance. The show, based on the rivalry of teen gangs in America, followed the tragic story of Tony and Maria (from opposing gangs: the Sharks and the Jets). With outstanding vocals from Harry Nuttall and Ellie Martland in many numbers including ‘Tonight’ and support from the incredible chorus, the audience became enraptured in the sorrowful storyline.
 

Despite the fact that the lights stopped working on one of the two nights, the show still went on with the lighting crew improvising with two spotlights. Nevertheless, the production was still fantastic, especially with the orchestra playing without fault on both evenings. Mr Billinger played the piano expertly throughout the performance, and the show wouldn’t have been able to take place without the combined efforts of both him and the orchestra. Moreover, without the efforts of Mrs Wilkinson, Mr Billinger and Mr Craven, there wouldn’t have been a play at all, so we want to thank them all for their dedication to this year’s production of West Side Story. There are obviously two many people to congratulate by name, but we want to congratulate everyone who was a part of it.

Last year’s production of Les Miserables was equally stunning and though at the time it seemed almost impossible to top it, the 2017 cast have certainly been up to the challenge! We can’t wait to see what next year’s production will be like and with so many talented students involved in this year’s production, the stakes are certainly very high!

Starring sixth formers, Ellie Martland (Maria) and Harry Nuttall (Tony), the romantic musical based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was truly spellbinding. From the lighting crew to those involved in making programmes or selling tickets, everybody both on and off the stage worked exceptionally hard to pull together the performance. The show, based on the rivalry of teen gangs in America, followed the tragic story of Tony and Maria (from opposing gangs: the Sharks and the Jets). With outstanding vocals from Harry Nuttall and Ellie Martland in many numbers including ‘Tonight’ and support from the incredible chorus, the audience became enraptured in the sorrowful storyline.

Despite the fact that the lights stopped working on one of the two nights, the show still went on with the lighting crew improvising with two spotlights. Nevertheless, the production was still fantastic, especially with the orchestra playing without fault on both evenings. Mr Billinger played the piano expertly throughout the performance, and the show wouldn’t have been able to take place without the combined efforts of both him and the orchestra. Moreover, without the efforts of Mrs Wilkinson, Mr Billinger and Mr Craven, there wouldn’t have been a play at all, so we want to thank them all for their dedication to this year’s production of West Side Story. There are obviously too many people to congratulate by name, but we want to congratulate everyone who was a part of it.

Last year’s production of Les Miserables was equally stunning and though at the time it seemed almost impossible to top it, the 2017 cast have certainly been up to the challenge! We can’t wait to see what next year’s production will be like and with so many talented students involved in this year’s production, the stakes are certainly very high!

by Sophie Harrison