Christmas Productions

‘This Song Will Begin Once Again’

Auditions for Drama and Theatre Club’s 2018 Christmas production – ‘This Song Will Begin Once Again’ – took place before the autumn half term and parts were cast.  Children had their scripts for over a month and worked hard to learn their lines and rehearse the play.

Performance: Monday 17th December @ 6.30pm

Performance: Tuesday 18th December @ 6.30pm

Tickets: £2.50

About ‘This Song Will Begin Once Again’

It’s the last day of the autumn term and Mrs Briggs and her class are getting ready to finish for the Christmas holidays.  But it will be a day of mixed emotions because Mrs Briggs is retiring after a long time as a teacher.

Join Mrs Briggs and her class (and a visitor from afar) for a series of magical stories that will transport you from TV in the ’70s to the battlefields of World War One via Good King Wenceslas and Santa’s grotto.

Review (emailed by a member of the audience):

I really enjoyed the show on Tuesday !  I thought the scenes were presented with great presence and stage awareness, and I particularly thought the WW1 scene was deeply felt and moving.  Such stillness and powerful communication. (The silhouette effect behind the soldiers and at times behind the actors reminded me of ‘The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth’ at the Everyman.)

I also loved the 70s nostalgia…the two Ronnies and the music. The Chris de Burgh song seems ever meaningful now !  The elf story was also really dynamic ! The story with the retiring teacher was a clever way of reflecting on and celebrating Christmas.

Thanks to all the Drama and Theatre Club for their hard work to make such a thought provoking and fun show.  It was exuberant.

Colour Stills from ‘This Song Will Begin Once Again’

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ABOVE: Mrs Briggs and her class.  Actors: Sam, Ruby T, Ruby M, Eleanor, Lola, Imogen, Sophie, Ruby O, Jessica and Emily.

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ABOVE: It’s back to the ’70s with The Two Ronnies.  Actors: Dominic, Luca, Raffaele and Francesco.

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ABOVE: The story of Good King Wenceslas.  Actors: Lydia, Eva and Mihaela.

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ABOVE: Santa’s On Strike !  Actors: Ava, Yvie, Mimi, Kacie, Daisy, Grace, Leah, Chloe, Lily, Lilly, Ela, Millie, Rubi, Darcy, Martha, Shaun, Heidi.

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ABOVE: A Christmas miracle – soldiers of World War One write home to tell their families about the 1914 Christmas Truce.  Actors: Amy, Ava, Claudia and Sinethi.

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ABOVE: The Nativity….and the travelling spaceman.

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ABOVE: The cast take a well-deserved curtain call !

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ABOVE: A final song and lots of praise – it’s all over for this year.

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ABOVE: Sound and lights – Mrs Davies and Mr Kynaston

Black & White Stills from ‘This Song Will Begin Once Again’

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ABOVE: Mrs Briggs and her class.  Actors: Sam, Ruby T, Ruby M, Eleanor, Lola, Imogen, Sophie, Ruby O, Jessica and Emily.

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ABOVE: The story of Good King Wenceslas and the 1914 Christmas Truce. Actors: Lydia, Eva, Mihaela, Claudia, Sinethi, Amy and Ava.

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ABOVE: Santa’s On Strike !  Actors: Ava, Yvie, Mimi, Kacie, Daisy, Grace, Leah, Chloe, Lily, Lilly, Ela, Millie, Rubi, Darcy, Martha, Shaun, Heidi.

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ABOVE: A few final photographs.

‘A Ray of Hope’

Rehearsals went really well for this 2017’s Drama and Theatre  Club Christmas production: ‘A Ray of Hope’.

‘A Ray of Hope’ brought the Christmas story to Swanside Community Centre’s youth club and Malvern Primary School.  The audience met the Johnson kids – Bobbie, Billy, Davey, Ollie, Tilly and Shirley – tearaway siblings who caused nothing but havoc – and the ‘yoofy’ children as they prepared for their Christmas play.

The play charted what happened when the Johnsons decide to join the ‘yoofy’ and get involved with the Christmas preparations.

 

After the final performance, a member of the audience emailed to say:

“I thought ‘A Ray of Hope’ was funny, uplifting and so professionally acted and produced.  I loved the transitions (between scenes) and the music (Rock ‘n’ Roll !) and the interaction between the actors was excellent.  The sense of fun came across throughout but it was also moving and realistic, because the story involves the impact on a whole community.  You had a sense of real ensemble.  The whole production was a joy to watch.   Five stars !  (Although there were many !)”

Colour Stills from ‘A Ray of Hope’

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Black & White Stills from ‘A Ray of Hope’

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The Cast of ‘A Ray of Hope’

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‘At the Number 15 Bus Stop’a-brand-new-star-modern-musical-nativity-play-1067119_image

Drama and Theatre Club’s 2016 Christmas production received rave reviews ! The cast performed the play three times: a dress rehearsal to the school and two packed evening performances.

‘At the Number 15 Bus Stop’ brought the Christmas story to the home of the Bagshot family on Pilch Lane – and to the Roby Pub and Malvern Primary School.