Following on from the sell out show in January, the cast took to the stage once again to showcase their talents in School’s Alive at Blackpool Grand theatre. The hugely talented ensemble (of 45 students) took Rydell high school’s dance competition, and our very own Vince Fontaine Jack Taylor, to the stage with their rendition of “Born to hand jive”, sung by Logan Kerlew with the whole cast as dancers and the spectacular finale of “You’re the one that I want”. Both numbers were enthusiastically received by the audience and Hayley Kay who compered the event praised the talent and commitment of everyone involved. Well done guys; you were excellent ambassadors of the school and made us all very proud!
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Last week, on a warm and muggy June evening, 23 of St. Mary’s most talented students performed in a live extravaganza to showcase their outstanding talents. In an event run by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, and alongside various other schools from the Blackpool area, students performed an act from Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet. Over the past three months, the students involved have met up every Monday evening to prepare, explore, direct, understand and act out key scenes from the play. The finished result was magical and really demonstrated an understanding of some of Shakespeare’s most complex characters. The students performed their scene live in the bandstand area of the park in front of three different live audiences and tackled the theme of conflict with real passion. Alongside St. Mary’s were some standout performances of Macbeth by Our Ladies of the Assumption and more work on Romeo and Juliet by St. Cuthberts and Thames. Those who attended described it as a ‘magical’ evening and Miss. Bamber described it as, ‘A night I would never forget.’ Although it is hard to imagine topping the evening’s events, students have already begun to think about performing in The Grand Theatre next year, as part of the 2 year project. Well done and congratulations!
On Wednesday 29th April, Miss Pollet and Mr Heyes organized a showcase of the stars of the future! The Year 9 students, who have chosen Drama as an option performed a selection of the pieces they have been working on this year. This talented bunch performed monologues, duologues, scripted pieces and devised pieces that they had created entirely themselves. They behaved like professional actors, helping each other with props, costumes and scene changes and made both the department and their delighted parents proud. In addition to this, the production raised nearly £80 through refreshments and the generosity of parents for the Nepal Earthquake appeal. Well done folks!