Review of the King’s School Ely’s event: A Night at the Musicals

Review of the King’s School Ely’s event: A Night at the Musicals

The King’s School Ely did it again! Under the experienced directorship of Adella Charlton, children from all parts of the school participated in an evening of sheer delight. A Night at the Musicals provided a huge variety of items demonstrating different styles, approaches and levels of achievement.

The evening opened with an enchanting interpretation of Singing in the Rain by a host of some of the youngest children of the school from Acremont House. Shining rainwear and twirling umbrellas definitely added to ‘ah’ factor.

There were splendid solo items covering shows such as Avenue Q, Grease, The Lion King, Grease, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity,  Bombay Dreams, Chicago Aladdin and Jekyll and Hyde.  The talent of the performers was phenomenal with some of them showing real courage and commitment. Illness is usually rife in schools at this time of the year but these performers left us in no doubt that ‘the show must go on’ and indeed it did ‘go on’ and in splendid style, too. Highlights in the solos included a splendid tap dance: 42nd Street, a moving performance of I’m hopelessly devoted to you and a vibrant performance of All that Jazz from Chicago. Another highlight was undoubtedly Actor in Resident Nick Huntington’s performance of This is the moment from Jekyll and Hyde.

The group items added considerable verve to events and included Do you hear the people sing from Les Miserables by King’s Barbers, a medley from Momma Mia by Etheldreda Girls, Consider Yourself from Oliver and It’s a hard knock life from Annie by King’s Junior School, an unforgettable performance by the staff of Master of the House from Les Miserables, and the full cast singing Can’t stop the beat from Hairspray that ended this great evening in fine form. One of the most memorable items was the King’s Barber’s offering in which minimalist choreography and assured singing created a very moving performance. The undoubted expertise and delightful sounds of the Etheldreda girls was also particularly noticeable.    

Central to the success of the evening was the inspirational guidance of Director Adella Charlton and the high standard of music under the directorship of Peter North. The supportive crew and band were vital ingredients to this wonderful show.

 Profits from sales go to the school’s performing arts charity of the year: The Lantern Dance Theatre Company which is an Ely-based integrated company (www.ldtc.org.uk).

Future events:

The Exam by Andy Hamilton studio 1 the King’s School February 23rd – 25th 2010 7.30 p.m.

Jekyll and Hyde The Musical lyrics Leslie Bricusse, music Frank Wildhorn 16th and 18 – 20th March 2010 7.30 p.m. Hayward Theatre (booking from 22nd February)

Contact:  Adella Charlton Director of Performance Studies email:adellac@kings-ely.cambs.sch.uk

Rosemary Westwell

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