School's performance of We Will Rock You receives rave reviews and plaudits
Bolingbroke’s young actors, singers and musicians put on a bravura performance of the Queen-inspired musical, We Will Rock You last week, playing to packed audiences on three consecutive nights.
The show was completely sold out, and our young thespians put on a stunning performance after months of intensive rehearsals. Each night proved to be an improvement on the last, culiminating in a flawless performance on Friday night by the cast and the band, as everyone reqacquainted themselves with the pressure of performing in front of a large audience.
There were no real hiccups along the way, though the performances became increasingly fluid and natural as the week progressed. Everyone involved in the performance was fantastic, though special mention must go to Megan who played Scaramouche and Chris (ex Bolingbroke sixth form and now at BIMM London) who played the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo flawlessly under a spotlight.
"It has been a whirwind of a term putting together We Will Rock You, but we wouldn't have had it any other way," said head of Creative and Performing Arts Rosie Breckon. "The pupils have worked incredibly hard to create such a fantastic production and we are so proud of them all. The energy, dedication and passion they showed on the stage and in the band pit shows what a talented bunch we have here at Bolingbroke. Thank you also to every member of staff and parent who helped to make the show happen - we couldn't have done it without you all."
After the applause died down at the end of the last performance, the cast let their hair down at a well-deserved after show party at one of the cast member's house.
And the show was extremely well received, with the audience giving some highly enthusiastic feedback.
“After last night’s premiere of the school show, I wanted to thank the Drama department for this opportunity for children from all the school to perform such a high standard show,” said parent Claire Richards, mother of Jeanne. "The live music from the orchestra, the work on songs, choreographies, and special effects and lights were just amazing. I am still singing after last night’s show. The collective work is definitely a huge success when you see them on stage from Y7 to Y13,”.
Fellow parent Delphine de Syon, Kergall’s mum, was equally impressed by the performance. “I just admire the work that you, the teachers, have put into this, it's pretty incredible and I wanted to be there till the final seconds, clapping and cheering! Thank you so so much for the show you gave us, it was more than outstanding, definitely one of the best show I ever saw in BBA, incredibly qualitative in every way, the choreographies were incredible, better than the real show that I actually took the time to watch, all the jokes and touching moments on point, all the cast so good and perfect for their role, really, you are incredible.”
Meanwhile, Esther from Providence House Youth Group said: “Oh my gosh. Seriously brilliant. I absolutely loved tonight. So much talent and professionalism," while Alex Hurley commented: I’ve seen the Stagecoach productions for three years and this blew it out of the water!
Claudia Barbour, Valentina’s mum, described the show as “amazing” and went on to add: Valentina and I went to watch it last night and I was blown away by everyone’s talent so you must be super proud.”
Bella’s parents Mary Sweeting and Rob Grimsey were other big fans of the production. “That was a fantastic show - the dancing, music and acting were all amazing and testament to all your hard work. Bella and her friends loved being in it and that shone through from all the cast - Amazing!”.
Further congratulations came from Celine Akunjee who said: "Love the children, go all out and love the live music...
Massive thanks for a wonderful evening, bravo!!”
Lindy Culovic also enthused about the show. "Congratulations on such a wonderful and entertaining production last night," she said. "It was amazing to see all those performers so confident and fabulous. I loved the casting across the whole school - seeing young and old (!) enjoying the stage together was beautiful. Little Amber (year 8) and the young fella (Dani, year 10) who sang and danced so well really shone, as of course did the mains."