The whole adventure started back in February when the auditions for Alice began. Wasting no time, rehearsals soon started and all hands were on deck to ensure this performance would be one to remember. As with every show there are highs and lows, but everybody worked really hard, and if you were lucky enough to have been in the audience, you will have seen that this hard work and determination really did pay off.
On 24th, 25th and 26th June, the May Hall opened its doors to over 400 people. The audience were truly spoilt with not only a fantastic show, but were able to indulge in cakes and take part in games, making the evening an eventful one for all.
Donnaleigh Bailey, Director of Drama comments “The students worked tremendously hard to produce a piece of theatre that was of a professional standard. I am overwhelmed by their talent and their commitment to Drama. As Director of Drama, I look forward to leading Extra-Curricular Drama forward next year with a diverse and exciting Drama programme.”
Kane Oliver, former pupil and Director of Demonstrate Arts had this to say about his evening, “Firstly I want to congratulate the whole cast on an absolutely outstanding lower school performance. From the opening of the balcony to the mad hatter tea party I was fully engaged. The physical movement of the chorus was stylized and unique. The characteristics were perfect, overall I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and yet again credit where credit is due, yet another dazzling set from Rebecca Bradbury, a talented designer… A set which I think undoubtedly could win a competition.”
Also in the audience was Mr Paul Bradbury, who comments “The initial impact on entering the Hall was calm and serene with a simple black and white set that managed to turn the vastness of the hall into a much more intimate environment. The show was packed full of superb technical effects; sound, lighting, projections and dry ice. The whole cast performed with a boldness and style that is quite remarkable for such young actors. They all used the whole stage with assurance and great self-confidence. It seems a little unfair to single out certain actors in what was wonderful ensemble piece, but a special mention should be given to Anna Goddard as Alice and Ali Khan as the Caterpillar. Anna not only showed a wide range of acting skills, but obviously ‘listened’ to the other actors, whilst Ali’s timing, pace and light and shade were excellent. He was also very funny. This may have been a school play, but it was also a genuine piece of vibrant theatre.”