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‘As You Like it’– Brownsea Island
The cast of this summer’s Brownsea Open Air Theatre (BOAT) production of ‘As You Like It’ included two members of the Milton Abbey School, Dorset, community. School Counsellor Harry Susser and pupil Bobbie King both successfully auditioned in January.
Harry has acted in many productions on the island but for Bobbie this was her debut on stage with the theatre company. Harry played the enigmatic, philosophical Jacques,
whose famous speech ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ will be familiar
to many in the audience whilst Bobbie played a young archer who has retreated to the idyllic Forest of Arden to join the court of the banished Duchess Senior.
The Brownsea Open Air Theatre is a registered charity which since 1964 has donated more than £200,000 to the National Trust, the proceeds from their annual Shakespeare productions.
Pupil sweeps the board
Cumnor House Sussex pupil, Daniel Pengelly, swept the board at the annual Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, where he played his  ute and recorder and won all the woodwind classes - taking home all three cups available in the woodwind section.
At the Prizewinner’s Concert
and Awards Presentation, Daniel performed his prizewinning piece, The Great Train Race by Ian Clarke, which had earned him an Honours mark of 91/100 at the Festival. He
performed in front of an audience of 180 including Deputy Mayor, Councillor Roderick Hogarth and the Chairman of Sevenoaks District Arts Council, Councillor Alan Pett. Following the Concert, Councillor Alan Pett presented Daniel with his cups – the Nannie Jamieson Cup, the Warren Challenge Cup and the Town Council Cup for achieving the highest mark in the Woodwind section.
“Daniel so deserves this recognition and success, he is a hugely talented musician,” comments Graham Grif ths, Assistant Director of Music at Cumnor House Sussex. “He also passed his Trinity College of London Associate Diploma with Distinction this term; the standard students would be expected to reach at the end of their  rst year undergraduate degree. As a result, Daniel can now put the initials ATCL after his name and it will be incredibly exciting to see where his talent and passion for music leads him in the future.”
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