REVIEW BY MISS KATE EVANS, HEAD OF DRAGON
What a cast, what a performance! I spent two evenings on the penultimate week of term in the Museum Theatre watching the highly anticipated Dragon performance of Lewis Carrroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. I was astounded by the level of talent on show and the humour the pupils managed to portray through their roles. Each cast member made their character their own; I will never forget Myles and Morgan’s enthusiastic opening lines as the storytellers, Harry’s cool caterpillar demeanour or Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee’s energetic dance routines.
Alice was played by Tayla-Daisy Hoyle and this was her first leading role in a Rossall School production. When we discussed how she felt after the final performance, all she had to say was “I have loved every second”. Harry Platt (The White Rabbit) and Alex Kretov (Mad Hatter) fitted their roles perfectly. They turned them into lovable characters, yet created some of the craziest scenes of the show. Georgia “off with their heads!” Oldham played the role of the Queen of Hearts and demonstrated her experience throughout the whole performance. Her ever suffering husband (although equally scary) the King of Hearts was played by Isaac Wiggans. Melissa Pilley and Amy Frankel added hints of sarcasm into their characters and this made for hilarious viewing. Felix Mistry, Morgan Reeves, and Emily Yang played multiple parts and I cannot believe how well they managed the transition between roles, remembering all of their lines!
I am in awe of anyone who can stand up in front of an audience to act and perform. I am so pleased that a large number of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils have the confidence to do such a thing at such a young age. Each of them is a class act and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on two fantastic performances.
As the pupils correctly stated on the final night, none of this would have been possible if it was not for Miss Bendelow and the play’s director, Rebecca Hayes – a Year 12 Drama student. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and direction over the past few months, the pupils have thoroughly enjoyed working with them. I am certainly very excited about the next Dragon performance!
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