18/01/2016

Going one step beyond...

Grease was slick. We Will Rock You rocked. Fame was fabulous. But I have to say that last week's production of the Madness Musical 'Our House' really did take school performance 'one step beyond' anything I have had the pleasure and privilege of seeing before.

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It wasn't just the amazing quality and depth of performance, the brilliance of the live band or the number of exuberant young actors, dancers and singers on stage; it was also the sheer audacity of taking on - and absolutely nailing - a production of such technical complexity!

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As our fantastic Director - and equally amazing day job Head of Drama - Hannah Baron so wonderfully puts it in the programme...

"The first time I started counting up the costume changes... I felt sick. When I started to realise that some of these costume changes had to take place in under four seconds on stage and saw reviews of the West End version that read 'illusionist Paul Kieve has designed remarkable quick changes which sees Joe switch costumes in seconds behind umbrellas and other set pieces' I nearly gave up!"

Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital
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'Our House' is actually far more than just a vehicle for nostalgic indulgence in the best of the Nutty Boys' soundtrack to the late-70s and early-80s. It's a play about the consequences of making choices as the stories of 'Good' and 'Bad' Joe Casey play out the starkly contrasting - but parallel - consequences of a single decision on the night of his sixteenth birthday...

Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital
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'There's a wrong way and a right way... It's a simple equation'

Also in parallel to this week's incredible production, students throughout the school have continued to reflect on lifestyle choices and equally (indeed quite literally) taking 'one step beyond' in terms of the Active Movement programme!

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I'm really excited about the amount of debate its already generating... Including the values that we 'stand for'!

The wonderful thing about life at Our Park House is that there's always something happening...

Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital
Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital
Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital
Our House performance photos © Waddell Digital - more here>>>

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