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The Sound of Musicals – the senior musical

“Another op’nin, another show!” This year’s senior musical saw us pay tribute to the New Hall, which has been Twycross’ main performance space for the last 40 years, by performing a variety of songs from some of the most celebrated musicals since 1935 – and providing a history lesson at the same time! There were solos, duets, year group performances and full cast numbers galore. We began with Porgy & Bess in 1935 took the audience through the 1950s and 1960s to look at the famous collaborators Rogers and Hammerstein and Lerner & Lowe before stopping in the 1970s to look at one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first musicals as well as the American hits Annie and Grease. The 1980s gave us the opportunity to sing a couple of Les Miserablés numbers before passing through the 90s and the rock musical to get to the turn of the millennium and the rise of the Jukebox musical (a musical based around the songs of famous musicians). Here ‘The Twycross Boys’ made their debut performance! We finally landed in more recent years with songs from musicals such as Wicked, Matilda and Billy Elliot. The finale was an energetic and foot-tapping rendition of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray

We hope that everyone in the audience got something out of the evening whether it was learning something new, hearing something new or being reminded of some beloved classics. 

As always, the students’ energy and enthusiasm shone through onstage and they performed with the utmost professionalism. They were a constant support to each other throughout the whole process and I could not be prouder of what they have achieved especially as they have had to learn so many more songs and dances compared to a standard musical. As interest in being involved rises so does the talent coming through and I cannot wait to see what we will be able to put together in our new home – The Kirkpatrick Theatre – with such a talented group of individuals. But the final word must be spent on the old: New Hall, we thank you!

Hetty Feather – Form 5

Last year, a group of eager Form 4s came to see me with a play in hand and requested that we put it on as a full scale production and, nine months later, we finally found ourselves at opening night in Underwood under a colourful circus canopy. The play, adapted from Jacqueline Wilson’s book of the same title, is a story of a young girl who was left at a foundling hospital as a baby. As she grows up, she is determined to find out her real name and the identity of her mother believing the answer lies at the circus. Along the way, Hetty (played magnificently by Maisie Wharton) has to deal with loss, disappointment and the dangers of the real world. 

Underwood provided us with the opportunity to put on a very dynamic and versatile performance with the cast on stage at all times, the audience along each side and the stairs became an oak tree, a balcony and an attic. The students also had to play a wide variety of roles each. This was a challenge for students who were used to a more traditional form of performance style but they rose to this challenge and found the discipline and focus to perform in such a way. 

Through hard work and determination, the Form 5 students pulled off a fantastic performance (and remembered most of their many many lines!) proving that they really are a group of “little stars”!

Miss E Clift