15 November 2017
The Delscey Burns Theatre at St Mary’s Calne was transformed into the Kit Kat Klub for the 2017 Senior Production, Cabaret.
The cast performed to packed audiences following an intensive six-week rehearsal schedule. The show featured a wonderful 16-piece band under the musical direction of Mrs Cavill (Director of Music). Miss Dickinson’s choreography has raised the bar for dance at St Mary’s with the kick line at the start of Act 2 being a particular highlight. Head of Vocal Studies, Mrs Fryar, once again ensured that the vocals were brought up to a very high standard. The set, costumes and lighting combined to give an immersive feel, so that the audience felt they were inside and part of the Kit Kat Klub.
The lead actors this year were outstanding and have been an absolute joy to work with. Isabella as the Emcee bought the house down with her singing, dancing and all-knowing stage presence. Alicia skilfully portrayed Sally Bowles’ decline from the flamboyant Cabaret star to a vulnerable young lady. Her final scenes were performed with absolute emotional conviction. Maiya as Cliff really portrayed her character’s innocence, optimism and righteousness. Amelia transitioned ably from the comic scenes with Herr Schultz to a bitter and moving rendition of What Would You Do. Lucia was adorable as the ever-optimistic Herr Schultz. Clara was sophisticated in her portrayal of Ernst Ludwig and Maia embraced the seductive nature of Fräulein Kost.
The leads were supported by a fantastic ensemble who have really worked together to support each other throughout the process. The camaraderie between cast members this year has been exceptional. All of the girls have put in a huge amount of effort and given up a lot of time to be a part of the production. I am incredibly proud of what they have been able to achieve.
Well done to the cast and a huge thank you to all those who have been involved. I’m not sure how we will top this! Miss Holly Darling, Director of Drama