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Cultural experiences come back to back...

posted 17 Jun 2017, 14:25 by Michele Colt
On May 17th students from Y
ears 8 and 9 braved the wet and windy weather to make the journey to the New Wimbledon Theatre to watch a musical based on the creepiest and kookiest family around, The Addams Family

Tho story of the musical revolves around Wednesday Addams, now grown up, who has fallen in love with a boy, who incidentally her parents do not approve of. The performance takes places over the course of a torturous evening during which: both sets of parents meet, the Addams try to act normal (you can imagine how well that goes), Uncle Fester professes his love for the moon, Pugsley unwittingly poisons someone, and the spirits of the numerous and diverse Addams ancestry are unable to return to the afterlife so spend their time roaming the house and acting as the chorus that alerts us to what's happening.

The show was a huge success; songs were memorable and catchy, the dialogue witty and fast paced, the costumes were works of art, and the performers gave it their all to make the singing, dancing and acting worthy of a standing ovation. Despite the rainy weather, it definitely wasn't a washout. Huge thanks to Ms McCutcheon for accompanying the trip.

On June 7th, a lucky group of year 7s went to Richmond Theatre to watch a performance of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by the Northern Ballet. This was a performance like no other the students had experienced before and proved to be both a challenge and an inspiration to watch.

The story follows 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

The climate of segregation and degradation of the Jewish people was expertly portrayed through an expressionist musical score, whose melodies were fittingly fractured and harmonies dissonant. Despite this, the fluidity of movement shown by the dancers of Norther Ballet was beautiful to behold and utterly deserving of the applause garnered. Huge thanks to Mr Haque for accompanying the trip.