4th July 2019 — Last week Year 6 pupils from St John’s College in Southsea took to the stage for two nights to perform their take on a tale as old as time, ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Under the direction of Junior School teachers, Mrs Kerry Puddick and Mrs Hazel Manser, the show was a modern twist on a childhood classic, with Clara and Charlie taking on the lead roles of Belle and the Beast. The production was put together in just seven days, as part of their Drama Week project.
With the help of family, friends and staff, each prop, costume and backdrop was handmade especially for the production. The stage was transformed and looked spectacular alongside the stage lighting, arranged by the College’s student Tech Team.
The pupils impressed the audience with a selection of solos and had them roaring with laughter at their fantastic comedy performances. Each and every pupil performed brilliantly and truly deserved the standing ovation they received on the final night.
Tony Shrubsall, Head of the Junior School, said, “I was so impressed by the cast and crew who, once again, managed to produce a wonderful show in a very short space of time. A standing ovation on the last night bears testimony to the quality of the script and the performance as a whole.”
Clara (Belle) commented, “I really enjoyed performing in front of a live audience – I was really nervous to start with as I have never sung and performed on my own before, but once I started singing all my confidence came back and I really enjoyed myself.”
Charlie (Beast) said, “My favourite part of drama week was the dress rehearsal – it was the first time we got to wear the costumes and do the play with the lighting and sound – it all seemed very real then and we got very excited for the evening performances.”
Harry (Gaston) said, “It was great working with all of Year 6 on this project – we made new friends and became closer as a year group. By the dress rehearsal we were one big family, supporting each other throughout the show.”
Anna (Le Fou) commented, “I was worried I wouldn’t get the part of Le Fou as I had lost my voice during auditions so I was very happy when they gave me the part. I felt confident in my role as I do Drama Club at school and I am really looking forward to taking part in the Senior School House events and production next year.”