School gives Greek Mythology a 1970s Twist

The tale of Greek hero Orpheus, legend of the Ancient World, has been translated into a modern day setting for an ambitious and hilarious school play.

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1st April 2019 — The tale of Greek hero Orpheus, legend of the Ancient World, has been translated into a modern day setting for an ambitious and hilarious school play.

Best known as an operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld has been entirely rewritten for pupils in Years 7 and 8 at Foremarke Hall.

For the Foremarke performance, the underworld into which Orpheus travels in pursuit of his love Eurydice conveniently sits beneath The Underworld, a 1970s-style disco club!

The result is a performance packed with drama and humour, as well as plenty of flares, sequins and other typical 1970s glam outfits, accompanied by a thumping disco soundtrack.

A cast and crew of 52 pupils have spent months rehearsing the Upper School play before performing it for fellow pupils, parents, staff and friends of the school, over three days, commencing with a matinee followed by two consecutive evenings.

As with every Foremarke production, all backstage work as well as lighting and sound for Orpheus is done by the pupils themselves under the watchful eye of a Year 8 Stage Manager.

Commenting, Headmaster Robert Relton said: “Congratulations Upper School on a wonderful performance! The hard work that has gone into this production was clear to see, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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Foremarke Hall, Repton's Preparatory School, is set in fifty-five spectacular acres of South Derbyshire countryside, with a glorious 18th Century Palladian hall at its heart. We pride ourselves in providing a special place where children aged 3-13 can work and play together in safe and stimulating surroundings, delivering high academic standards, a broad-based curriculum and outstanding facilities.

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