Oakham’s actors wowed audiences and received a standing ovation for their outstanding rendition of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. For five nights 30 students impressed fellow pupils, along with their teachers, family and members of the local community, with their nuanced acting, beautiful singing and magical dancing.
This was the first time the play was staged at the School, and as always, in Oakham’s progressive and dynamic Drama Department, ‘A Christmas Carol’ was brought to life in an innovative and enchanting way. The ambitious staging and technical realization of the piece made the play really stand out and impress the packed-out audiences in Oakham’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. “We created a Tim Burton-esque atmosphere through the staging and lighting – bringing this traditional piece firmly into the 21st century,” says Director of Drama, Gilly Norell.
The audience were delighted, and sometimes frightened, by the special “ghostly” effects that were employed during the play. The clever use of “holographic” projections really brought the Spirit of Christmas to life, along with an astonishing 10ft high puppet. Headmaster, Nigel Lashbrook, praised the show as "technically one of the best productions we have ever seen at Oakham School."
Whilst it wasn’t the musical version of the play, the play was beautifully enhanced with song and dance – creating a wonderfully fun festive show to mark the beginning of Christmas period.
Throughout the performance, all of the students impressed the audience with their acting skills. Special mention, however, must go to Konstantin - who played Scrooge. “In this incredibly challenging role, that requires nearly two hours of intense acting, he was simply astonishing. It was a wonderfully detailed and mature performance," concludes Gilly.
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