On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December, The King John School students performed CHICAGO to a sell-out crowd. Students from all year groups have been involved in the production, including Sixth Form Students who help to choreograph some numbers in the production as well as help with other aspects such as working backstage.
K Brockes, Head of Dance at the school, said
We started the audition process for this production back in July, and were overwhelmed with the number of talented students wanting to take part. This is my first year directing the production at King John, and although I have been part of the production team in previous years I am still amazed by the wealth and variety of talent we have, whether it is dancing, singing, acting, creating the artwork, controlling the lighting and sound or assisting with directing. It is wonderful to see all the year groups across the school coming together to produce the show you will see tonight.
The commitment and hard work that goes in to producing these performances is huge and I am so impressed with how professional this years cast and crew have been. This has been our youngest cast in terms of lead roles in many years and their professionalism, organisation and commitment to learning lines and attending rehearsals has been phenomenal. I couldn’t of directed the production without the support of the staff and students who have given up their time at lunch and after school to make this production what it is, so thank you. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students’ families for their support from helping learn lines, transporting them to and from rehearsals and helping with costumes.
Libby: ‘I loved playing Roxie Hart! My favourite performance was singing and dancing with Velma in Nowadays. The rehearsal process has been fun and such an amazing opportunity for me!’
Maddy: ‘ I loved playing Velma Kelly in Chicago as I really look up to Catherine Zeta-Jones. My favourite number is ‘Hot Hunny Rag’ as Roxie and I finally perform together, rather than against each other.’
Tom: ‘I loved playing a humorous character this year, the atmosphere from the audience was great!’
Theo: ‘I really enjoyed making new friends during the rehearsal process. My favourite number to perform was ‘All I Care About’ as I felt like a real showman!’
Autumn: ‘I really enjoyed playing a murderess, this was a great opportunity for me and the other dancers because we were able to showcase our singing and acting ability as well as dancing.’