8 March 2022
It has been a while since students have been able to perform to a live audience, so it is no surprise that our production of Matilda The Musical JR was performed to sell-out crowds last week.
Pupils from Year 7 to 13 have been working flat out since they returned to school in September to bring the show to stage and they certainly did not disappoint.
Head of Drama Katherine Larder said: “I am always blown away by the level of professionalism and commitment the girls put into our school productions and this year, despite having to navigate disruptions caused by the pandemic, the girls were even more determined to deliver a show like never before, and they certainly delivered. Mrs Band and I are so proud of each and every one of the cast, crew and musicians, as well as the staff who helped put the set together and with logistics on the nights, we could not do it without them! The feedback from the audience has been overwhelming and I am just so happy we have been able to get back on stage and perform to live audiences again. Long may it continue!!”
Head of Music Jeanette Healey said: “What a pleasure it has been to work with such a talented group of musicians as well as the cast. Esther, Isabelle and Lucy in Year 13 rehearsed closely with Mrs Broome and I to provide the music for the show and were absolutely brilliant throughout. Learning the songs and putting this show together has meant so much to us all in so many ways and it was amazing to see the girls shine once again and the audience enjoying themselves.”
Matilda – the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. A superb performance by Annabel Wright in Year 11 who played the little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers, who lives with cruel parents who find her to be a nuisance, a lousy little worm, and a bore.
When Matilda enters her first term at school, she captures the attention of Miss Honey, played by Caitie Golding in Year 12, a kind teacher, and the two form a wonderful friendship. Grace Crook in Year 10 delivered an unforgettable performance of the tempestuous and mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull who hates children and delivers cruel and unjust punishments to all her charges.
One parent commented: “The show was absolutely fantastic, so professional and entertaining. My daughter was lucky enough to be in the performance and I genuinely couldn’t believe her confidence, that is solely down to the hard work and dedication of your teachers. I almost didn’t recognise the child in front of me. Huge thanks to you all.”