Last week, a cast of 100 Dauntsey’s pupils, supported by a large backstage crew and full orchestra delighted sell-out audiences with an inspiring and immensely fun production of Billy Elliot.
This hugely successful stage adaptation of one of Britain’s most popular films received standing ovations from over 600 people each night, and we are incredibly proud of everyone involved.
The School’s December musical tradition began 20 years ago, and has included premières of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies, Miss Saigon, and Mamma Mia. The cast of Billy Elliot was made up of pupils from years 7 to 13, with the challenging lead role being shared between two young Billys through the six performances. This is the first time Dauntsey’s has doubled up the lead role, and it was done ‘for fear of injury, growth and voice breaking!’. Ollie and Bear were our brilliant Billys and they acted, danced and sang their hearts out for three nights each doing a fantastic job!
Backstage, the School’s hi-tech sound and light system, worthy of a West End theatre, created a dramatic backdrop for this gritty show.
Rikki Jackson, Director of Drama, Dauntsey’s said:
“This was an ambitious and physically demanding production for the School but the quality and energy from the cast was outstanding. We have been working hard at rehearsals since September and all the effort certainly paid off in a show which was moving, exciting, thought-provoking and, most importantly of all, great fun.
“Being involved either on stage or behind the scenes in a production of this standard really inspires and motivates our pupils and I am pleased to say that the Performing Arts at Dauntsey’s continue to thrive.”
Congratulations and well done to all of the cast and crew.
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