Faustus originally by Christopher Marlowe30 and 31 January and 1 February 2013
For this year’s Senior Drama Production, Miss Fenton did an outstanding job in directing the very talented and dedicated cast of Faustus. Originally written by Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare, Faustus tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Miss Fenton’s modern adaptation was edgy and compelling. The air in the dining room was charged with the intensity of the performances. All the actors were excellent, but some performances really need pointing out. Giulio Lombardi’s portrayal of Mephistopheles, the demon summoned by Faustus, was mesmerizing and Alice Caprio and Federica Giacchetti were equally captivating as Good Angel and Bad Angel. The role of Faustus was interpreted brilliantly by Sahasrajit Ramesh, displaying just the right amount of arrogance and charm. The narrator Lucrezia Leali kept the story humming along with wit and zest. The Seven Deadly Sins were, well, just eerily evil while Fred di Rosa and William Adams provided much needed comic relief as Robin and Rafe.
Yet again, Miss Fenton has used her special talent for taking our everyday spaces like the dining room or the hall and transforming them into places that allow us to experience the emotions and thrill of the theatre.
Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber21st to 23rd June 2012
While a new production of Evita opened on Broadway in 2012 starring Elena Roger, Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris, SJHS launched its own production in the more humble main hall on Via Pisani Dossi starring Rebecca Fox, Ellie Strangways, Chirolles Khalil and Davide Ravaccia. Although the school hall obviously cannot compete with the bright lights of Broadway or the West End, it can certainly display the high level of professionalism and quality of work that SJHS students have brought to the production of this opera based on the life story of Eva Peron, bringing to life this dynamic, larger-than-life woman. Beginning with a young and ambitious Eva, the production follows her meteoric rise to sainthood. The story tells of the enormous wealth and power she gained and the means by which she became the beloved Evita.
The commitment, enthusiasm and passion of the cast, musicians and crew definitely turned this into a fabulous experience for all.
Bugsy Malone by Alan ParkerPerformed on the 27th June 2011
The first in what will hopefully be a yearly occurrence. Led by Matthew Noble, a group of year 12 students led key stage 3 students in a performance of Bugsy Malone. This meant they had to co-ordinate music, acting and dancing in order to achieve a magical performance that was enjoyed by all. Students took on all roles from direction to set design to musical director and beyond. It was amazing to see students growing in their understanding of what it is to be involved in the production of a large scale performance and they way in which all students involved from year 7 to year 12 created special bonds and relationships which will follow them through their school lives.
Road by Jim CartwrightPerformed 14th – 16th December 2010
Welcome to ‘ROAD’, you’ll find allsorts down here, from Scullery the local jack the lad to Skin lad the Buddhist skinhead, from little Linda to the slightly bonkers Molly, all of life’s characters are represented here. Set in 1987 in a run down northern Lancashire town in the middle of the Thatcher years the play is about how this little community struggles to cope with the pressure of unemployment and a lack of hope for the future.
The students had to work extremely hard to firstly understand the mentality and issues facing the people of Northern England in the 1980’s and secondly to enact these roles in a way that enable the audience to feel every emotion and the personal struggles of the individual characters.
A huge cast and crew of 44 students participated in this performance and helped to make it one of my proudest moments to date.
We performed road on the Gucci catwalk. An extra special thank you goes to Caleb Negron, Robert Triefus and all at Gucci for giving us a home for the weeks running up to and including the performance dates. They made this performance unforgettable for us all!
Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd WebberPerformed 26th – 28th April 2010
What a performance! An extremely talented group sang, danced and acted their way through the show with all of the control and commitment of true professionals. The audience laughed and cried as we followed the very human journey of the characters involved. Held in the school hall which was transformed and turned on it’s head with a huge crucifix acting as a walkway and performance space for the actors who were in touching distance of the audience creating an extremely intimate performance of one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers classics.
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake WertenbakerPerformed on the 11th and 12th of March 2009
On the 11th and 12th of March 2009 a group of very talented and very committed students turned the Sir James Henderson dinning room in to “a brittle burnt out country”. They transported us back to 1789 and to the beginnings of an Australian settlement. ‘Our Country’s Good’ was a challenging play, in many ways. The content ranged from hilarious comedy moments to scenes that were touching and emotional. The venue was less than perfect but due to the high motivation, determination and pure skill demonstrated by this very talented and mature cast of young actors, the play surpassed all expectations and was a screaming success. I feel very honoured to have had the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing bunch of people!!!
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