In June, 40 Lower School pupils, representing each year group, staged six excellent performances of the wonderful story The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, adapted by Glynn Robbins.
Rehearsals began online and such was the enthusiasm, that this complex show delivered dramatic confrontations, songs recorded by the casts, and wonderful dancing by Lower 1 – all centred round the purpose-built Dawn Treader a 20-foot Dragon Ship.
The Drama Department also provided the sumptuous costumes, and dramatic lighting together with a rich musical underscore. The pupils, however, were the stars and in the Form 1 production there were stand-out performances by Immy (who also played her part in the Form 2 production), Eloise, Eva, and Thomas. For Form 2 – Issy, Hatty, and Charles led the way.
Head of Lower School Mr Adrian Morris said, “In front of socially distanced full audiences, the two casts from Forms 1 and 2 respectively combined brilliantly with the Lower 1 dancers to put on a highly entertaining show. I could not be more appreciative of the pupils’ efforts and commitment, ably supported by the drama team, led by director Mr Norell. Furthermore, if you consider that all of this started with online rehearsals at home, it’s even more remarkable how they brought it to the stage, the first production in 6 months!”
Teacher of Drama and Acting Mr David Norell said, “Every cast member was equally valuable, and it is greatly to their credit that this show could not only go on but received most pleasing reviews from parents and staff alike. The final word must go to Lower 1 who deserve great praise for their lovely dancing and – as they performed on all six occasions – for their endurance. A wonderful way to end the year and the promise of so much great acting to come.”