19/01/2015

15 minutes of Fame

Warhol Marilyn

Everyone, as Andy Warhol pointed out, has 'fifteen minutes of fame'.

Fame The Musical at Arlington Arts

This week I've revelled in six hours. Six hours of unadulterated pleasure triggered by three consecutive performances of quite simply the finest school musical production I have ever witnessed.

I'm going to go back to the introductory note I wrote for the programme just before Christmas...

'When Fame first hit our screens I was doing my O Levels! Songs, performances and characters that define my final years at school. For me, tonight will therefore bring back very special memories... And create new ones

"What students! What a school! It seems so appropriate that at a school which itself boasts so many exceptional student performers should now celebrate that collective talent in a play about... exceptional student performing talent!"

Fame The Musical at Arlington Arts

This is what I subsequently wrote on Twitter at 10.46pm on return from the Opening Night performance...

DerekJPeaple Tweet screengrab

You do have to pinch yourself. This was as good, if not better than a West End show. As Hannah Baron, our Head of Drama and Production Director, also wrote in the programme notes...

"Tonight, I hope you take away with you the buzz and excitement that only musical theatre can bring, the astonishment that in some of these students' intelligent and heart rending performances and the disbelief that these children, because that's what most of them are, can produce such a wonderful theatrical experience for you all."

Such an important point.

They achieved this mesmerising quality and depth of performance in the context of five lessons a day, five days a week.

So, what have my 'six hours of Fame' taught me this week?

Never, ever underestimate the capacity of young people to amaze and inspire through their talent, creativity, joy and sheer exuberance for life. 

Fame The Musical at Arlington Arts

'Bring on their tomorrows'...

We have arrived at a moment in our lives

When the future passes into out hands

We can find out, are we really strong enough

To fulfill what the future demands

 

We can stand on the edge

And look out into space

And be awed

By the wonders we see

 

We can all make a pledge

That the whole human race

Will become what we want it to be

 

We have arrived at a moment in our lives

When the future passes into out hands

We can find out, are we really strong enough

To fulfill what the future demands

 

We can stand on the edge

And look out into space

And be awed

By the wonders we see

 

We can all make a pledge

That the whole human race

Will become what we want it to be

 

Bring on tomorrow

Let it shine

Like the sun coming up on a beautiful day

It's yours and mine

 

We can make a difference

It's not too late

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

 

Long, long ago in a world we never made

We were children who were making believe

Closing our eyes

We were travellers in air

To a land we would not want to leave

 

But the fairy tale land, fades away as we grow

And we all have to say our goodbyes

And we now understand, that this world that we know

Can be ours if we open our eyes

 

Bring on tomorrow

Let it shine

Like the sun coming up on a beautiful day

It's yours and mine

 

We can make a difference

It's not too late

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

 

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

Bring on tomorrow

It's not too late

 

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

 

Bring on tomorrow

Let it shine

Like the sun coming up on a beautiful day

It's yours and mine

 

We can make a difference

It's not too late

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

 

Bring on tomorrow

We can't wait

Fame The Musical at Arlington Arts
Fame The Musical at Arlington Arts

Photos courtesy Waddell Digital.

 

 

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