This year’s whole school production – a report written by Mrs Davies, Head of Drama
WCSA Drama Department has kicked off to a triumphant start of the academic year with our school production of Monty Python’s Spamalot which we performed in October. Over 80 students auditioned for the show in February with over 50 students from Years 8-11 being involved in the final show. These students worked incredibly hard for over 9 months rehearsing for over 150 hours in their own time to produce 4 incredible shows. We were so overwhelmed by the talent and commitment of students that we double cast the show, which we nicknamed cast Camelot (with Callum McCrea as King Arthur) and Excalibur (with Harrison Eley as King Arthur).
We were very fortunate to have some young leaders in our cast, who really took a lead role in their interest. Gabrielle Flower led a team of dancers called the “Laker Girls” by creating the choreography in the dances, rehearsing with her troop and directing them to sharpen the routines. This level of commitment and initiative is what makes our students so exceptional. We also have a technical team of students who have learnt all about stage management, prop making, lighting, music, sound and microphone responsibilities. This has required learning about the technology, whilst planning, organising and executing the technical element for the show itself. It really is a community effort, relying on many students, staff, friends, family and arts links to provide the skills required for such a production. We are very grateful for everyone who has offered their services, helped and supported us in creating such a wonderful show.
We have always held a strong reputation for incredible performances at WCSA and each year we struggle to imagine the students surpassing the standard of the previous year. I am very proud to say that each year we are wrong, as the students demonstrate a whole new level of commitment, skill and professionalism. Mrs Miller, Mrs Burlinson and I were extremely proud to work with such a talented, hilarious, committed and supportive cast.
We believe our annual performances are essential for our young people as our community production gives students the opportunity to make memories, friendships and develop such confidence. We are really thankful to everyone that was involved and will be announcing the next school production in the New Year. If your child missed the opportunity to get involved in Spamalot please do encourage them to get involved in our next production.