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Imaginative production of Grimm Tales
Catchy tunes and outrageous out ts
Thespians at King’s Ely Junior wowed audiences with their sell-out production of Grimm Tales.
Hundreds of people  ocked to the highly physical and imaginative production at King’s Ely’s Hayward Theatre, which starred students
in Years 7 and 8. The show was directed by Laura Dixon with movement by Natasha Hobbs.
Full of deliciously dark twists and turns, the family friendly show enabled the audience to re-discover the magic and wonder of the original Grimm Tales, re-told by master storyteller Philip Pullman.
Director of Drama and Theatre at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, was overwhelmed with the
show’s success. He said: “I was immensely proud of the cast who rose to the challenge of this fast- paced production by achieving consistently slick transitions and taking responsibility for challenging ensemble moments throughout the piece. The cast showed excellent characterisation throughout and made the audience laugh out
loud with their comic timing and delivery.”
The production was the culmination of an open audition and a nine- week rehearsal process where the cast focused on developing their individual acting skills and also their resilience, team work and focus to create a unique piece of story-telling theatre.
This latest musical at the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, was a classic fable of Broadway based on the story and characters by Damon Runyon, in a spectacular production of Guys & Dolls.
A well-sung soundtrack of catchy tunes;  ashy and fun choreography;  amboyant American accents; and a bright display of out ts entertained parents, staff and pupils over the three-night run. Of particular note
was the golden, pyjama-styled costumes of Miss Adelaide’s dancers and the slightly ill- tting red  annel shirts in the Havana restaurant.
 South Paci c triumph
Towers School, Sussex, seniors presented the musical, South Paci c, transporting audiences back to the Second World war to exotic climes, where the Americans were  ghting the Japanese.
The production was put together by Mrs Sam Nixon, Drama Coordinator and Mrs Heidi Gray, Music Coordinator.
  Festival of Light
Starring in blockbuster
 The Lockers Park Preparatory School, Hertfordshire, highly-regarded Chapel Choir sang at Berkhamsted’s ever-popular Festival of Light.
The 20-strong choir had been practising hard in the run-up to the event under the guidance of Director of Music, Vincent Shaw.
With season 2 of The Crown, Net ix’s Golden Globe winning drama released at the end of
last year, Kingham Hill School, Oxfordshire, pupils have been getting excited to see themselves in one of the biggest television shows as they make their onscreen debuts.
82 Kingham Hill boys, aged 11 to 18, joined one of the show’s lead stars, Matt Smith on location at a Cotswold estate to  lm scenes for episode 9 in the second series of the hit TV show, which has impressed critics across the UK and America.
The pupils’ were transformed from the 21st century into the 1930s
and 1960s for their roles as school friends and peers of Princes Philip and Charles. The budding actors got to experience the working life of
 Photography Credit: Adam Hollier
professionals when they had their hair styled and costumes  tted by the on-set team, before taking their star turn in front of the bright lights and cameras.
The casting followed successful auditions from school pupils, held at the Kingham Hill School drama studio in November 2016.
Pictured: Matt Smith with Second Deputy Head Rob Jones
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