A cast of 100 Dauntsey’s pupils, supported by a large backstage crew and full orchestra has delighted sell-out audiences with an inspiring production of Billy Elliot, the hugely successful stage adaptation of one of Britain’s most popular films. The show received standing ovations from audiences of more than 600 each night. This production follows spellbinding productions over the past few years, including premières of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies, Miss Saigon, and Mamma Mia.
The cast was made of up of pupils from years 7 to 13 and for some this was their stage debut. Backstage, the school’s hi-tech sound and light system, worthy of a West End theatre, created a dramatic backdrop for this gritty show. For the first time, the challenging lead role was shared between two young Billys through the six performances, as a precaution against injury, growth spurts or a voice breaking.
Rikki Jackson, Director of Drama, Dauntsey’s said: “This was an ambitious and physically demanding production for the School but the quality and energy from the cast was outstanding. We have been working hard at rehearsals since September and all the effort certainly paid off in a show which was moving, exciting, thought-provoking and, most importantly of all, great fun.”
“Being involved either on stage or behind the scenes in a production of this standard really inspires and motivates our pupils and I am pleased to say that the Performing Arts at Dauntsey’s continue to thrive,” concluded Rikki.
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