Oakham’s actors are preparing to stage Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the first time at the School.
“There is a large cast and all the 30 or so pupils, apart from Scrooge, play multiple roles,” says Director of Drama, Gilly Norell. “It is very much an ensemble piece, with all the actors being on stage most of the time. This is incredibly demanding for the pupils, but despite their age (or maybe because of it) they are rising to the challenge and are eager to put on five fantastic performances!”
As always, in Oakham’s progressive and dynamic Drama Department, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is being brought to life in an innovative and enchanting way. “We decided to interleave the action with the music that had been specially written for it, and deploy movement and dance to elevate the narration in the piece,” says Gilly. “It isn’t the musical version of the play; instead the play is enhanced with song.”
The staging and technical realization of the piece is typically ambitious and impressive. “We’ve created a Tim Burton-esque atmosphere through the staging and lighting – bringing this traditional piece firmly into the 21st century. For example for the special “ghostly” effects we use some “holographic” projection, and without giving anything away the Spirit of Christmas yet to Come must be seen to be believed…” – all very festive and fun for all the family!
‘A Christmas Carol’ runs from Tuesday 27th November to Saturday 1st December at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £7 each and can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Early booking is advisable!