09 May Guys & Dolls
Wednesday 8th May was the opening night of our annual school production. This year’s show was the Broadway classic, ‘Guys and Dolls’.
As one of the original Broadway classics, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is packed full of well-known songs that have been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Despite having such big shoes to fill, the lead vocalists delivered superb renditions of each musical number, ably supported by a talented cast of dancers and chorus members. The big-band sound is produced beautifully by the school’s student orchestra, with sassy brass and foot-tapping swing beats that recreate the atmosphere of depression era New York.
Throughout the performance, the stage is alive with talent – from the commanding presence of Angus Zeng (Sky Masterson), to the soaring vocals of Shervonne Grierson (Sarah Brown). Sloan Perkins and Jack Watchorn produce some great comedy moments in their portrayal of Miss Adelaide and the charismatic Nathan Detroit. The entire cast exudes a vibrant energy, and the high quality of the sound, lighting and costumes give an overall sense of professionalism not often seen in a school production.
What is particularly impressive is that so much of the production is run by the students themselves, including lighting and sound, set creation and front of house. Principal Michael Williams commented, “As with everything in the school, the production is a learning experience. It’s a great opportunity for students to acquire new skills while having fun. We are immensely proud of how hard everyone works each year to produce a show of such a high calibre.”