Night at the MusicalsPosted on 23/07/2018
Performing Arts at The Chase
What a fantastic “Night at the Musicals”! Over 80 students performed in the show, almost all of them in Year 7-9, with a great range of singing, dancing, acting and playing. The main musicals featured were The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as a dramatic performance of Fantastic Mr Fox.
From the very first item, “The Greatest Show”, which included the entire cast of singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists, it was clear this would be an amazing night. From the same musical, “A Million Dreams” featured vocal solos from Lou Scaife, Ogo Okafor and Imogen Sharp, with flute played by Phoebe Thomas and dancing by Pippa Bliss, Izzy Montgomery and Anna Waistell. The audience were then treated to a vocal solo by Y12 student Lizzie Jones, “Never Enough”, and the Greatest Showman slot concluded with an excellent performance of “This Is Me” with both singing and accompaniment provided entirely by Y7 students. Four scenes from Fantastic Mr Fox, featuring an excellent turn from Linus Burnage as the title character, took us to halfway through the story and left us wondering whether the horrible Boggis, Bunce and Bean would succeed in their quest to catch Mr Fox and his family. Two items from Les Miserables concluded the first half: “Bring Him Home” was specially arranged by Y10 student Fabian Sturman, who also took the solo, and all singers and dancers were then accompanied by the Chase Orchestra to bring us to the interval with “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
During the interval, the Y10 Band entertained those remaining in the Hall with some cool jazz, whilst a bar and raffle were enjoyed by most in the Concourse.
The classic “Mamma Mia”, from the musical of the same name, kicked off the second half and was followed by a beautiful rendition of “I Have A Dream”, sung by Nwando Okafor, Imogen Sharp and Ogo Okafor, accompanied by the Chase String Quartet, with some beautiful ballet provided by Amelia Brown, Sakura Dow, Olivia Fawcett and Charlotte Angwin. Scenes 5 and 6 of “Fantastic Mr Fox” followed, showing Mr Fox’s ingenuity to the full, before a rousing version of “Dancing Queen” concluded the Mamma Mia slot. Lizzie Jones then returned to send shivers down the spine with her extremely moving “Maybe I Like It This Way” from Wild Party. The final two scenes of “Fantastic Mr Fox” saw Mr Fox triumph over the evil farmers. Two items from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat followed, “Close Every Door” featuring Fabian Sturman and Tabitha Warburton accompanied by the orchestra, and “Any Dream Will Do”, with Evan Almond-Harker (Y8) as Joseph, surrounded by his backing singers. The evening closed with an energetic finale to “Fame”, the dancers leading the way with some great choreography leading naturally into bows for all cast and musicians.
The event was made even more special by Year 10 Food students, organised by Mrs Borthwick, providing tasty canapés before the event, which the audience enjoyed in the Concourse whilst listening to the String Quartet playing a selection of items. Amelie Simon’s introductions ensured that the audience was kept up to speed with the various stories involved, and sound and lighting were directed by new staff member Mr Morgan, ably assisted by Dimitri Pribojac. Stage Manager Miss Speake kept things running smoothly throughout, assisted by sixth-form students Caitlin Pitt and Amy Smith, who were also assisted by various members of staff at front-of-house.
In addition to friends and family, the large audience also included several members of the wider public including Brian Regimbeau, Deputy Mayor of Malvern and other members of Worcestershire County Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Malvern Town Council. We thank them for supporting this event.
Singers in French Revolution mode!
“Fantastic Mr Fox” actors
The Performing Arts staff (overall musical director and organiser Mrs Garwood-Gowers, dance co-ordinator and choreographer Miss Dee, drama director Mrs Greaves and organiser and director of instrumental music Mrs Livingstone) would like to say how delighted we were with how well the show went. The Chase clearly has many extremely talented students, which bodes well for our future productions, especially as, given the time of year, almost all participants were from Y7 – Y9! Sincere thanks to all who helped in so many ways.
Mrs T Garwood- Gowers, Mrs L Greaves, Mrs S Livingstone, Miss S Dee, Miss G Speake