Live performances returned to the DRT this term and there was certainly much to enjoy as Year 6, the Middle School and Upper School pupils brought their productions to life.
The first curtain to raise was for pupils in Years 7 and 8 when they performed The 39 Steps just before half term. Despite all the challenges of putting this production together and in performing it, the audience were treated to a fantastically high-spirited, comedic performance in this spoof version of the original film. The first half was performed by Year 7 pupils, making their debut in a Senior School production and the second half by pupils from Year 8. It was wonderful for the pupils to perform in front of a live audience, thanks once more to all those attending for your enthusiastic response.
Not to be outdone, Years 9 and 10 exploded in to the DRT with performances full of characterisation, energy and colour as they transported the audience back to the Islamic Golden Age with the tales of Arabian Nights. The performances were incredibly enjoyable to watch, with each pupil really giving it their all. Well done to everyone involved in creating this superb production.
The Year Six musical, ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ was a toe-tickling tale of tights, fights and footlights. Year Six overcame many challenges when rehearsing and pulled together, with magnificent teamwork, to put on a hilarious, memorable performance. The socially distanced audience in the DRT appreciated the catchy, show-stopping songs which were pre-recorded and accompanied by a live band. A fantastic end to Year Six’s time in the Junior School.
The stage then headed outside when as part of Ports Fest, the school hosted Musicals Past and Present, where many of our most talented musical theatre performers, along with some previous PGS superstars, shared a wonderful programme of numbers from past productions at PGS along with other current show stoppers. Drawn from shows such as Fiddler On The Roof, Les Miserables, Waitress, Six, 9 to 5, West Side Story, Funny Girl and the forthcoming 2021 musical Little Shop Of Horrors it was a magical evening in the quad.
Unfortunately the pandemic made its mark once more at the end of term when the Sixth Form Play, Monsters, had to be cancelled due to the whole cast having to isolate. The pupils and staff had put a tremendous amount of work in to this challenging and provocative play.
Next term the Senior School turn their attention to the rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors and its performances at the New Theatre Royal in November as well as looking forward to producing Amadeus later in the school year.