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Hit musical Our House delights sell-out audiences at Dauntsey’s

Published Thursday 7th of March 2019 01:22:10 PM

A cast of 165 pupils, supported by 30 more backstage, or in the band, have delighted sell-out audiences with an energetic and thrilling production of Our House. The musical, revolving around the songs of pop band Madness, follows the story of London lad Joe Casey who finds himself facing a tough decision. The plot splits in two and the audience follows the parallel stories of Good Joe and Bad Joe. The show received standing ovations from audiences totalling some 3,000 who watched performances over the five-night run. The cast was made up of pupils from years 7 to 13 and, for some, it was an exciting stage debut. Backstage, the School’s hi-tech sound and light system, worthy of a West End theatre, brought the musical to life in spectacular fashion, and the band performed one hit number after another with great skill and energy. Rikki Jackson, Director of Drama, Dauntsey’s said; “Our House explores the themes of love, family values, growing up and dealing with the loss of the people that shape us. The lyrics of the songs are witty and, at times, very moving and make for a challenging production involving a large cast. “With stunning choreography, imaginative staging and enthusiastic performances from members of every year group, Our House showcased the depth of talent here at Dauntsey’s. “We have been working hard at rehearsals since September and all the effort certainly paid off in a show which was fun, thought-provoking and, most importantly of all, wonderful entertainment for the audience.” One Dauntsey’s parent commented: “There is always a special kind of magic on stage when you are watching the December musical... so much joy - exactly what theatre in schools should be about. Well done all.” The December production has become a musical tradition for Dauntsey’s and Our House follows spellbinding shows including Les Misérables , Mamma Mia and Billy Elliot. Notes to Editors: For further information about Dauntsey’s School and its Drama programme, please go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Drama at Dauntsey’s@DramatDauntseys ENDS
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