Pulling together the show in the midst of Covid Levels was no small feat. The week that we went into Level 4 lockdown was the week we were beginning to practice on stage with sound and music. Unfortunately none of that could go ahead while we were schooling at home, instead the kids had Google Meets twice a day to run through the various scenes in the script.
Once back at school we were into it. Instead of the plan of rehearsing only in the afternoons it became a full day affair. Running through the play at least twice a day and sometimes more, involved getting stage positioning right, figuring our what props to use, how their costumes looked and how they would move to the songs and sound.
This last week we were finally able to move our practices to the stage at the Community Hall (and it's a pretty impressive stage) and we had to re-work stage positioning and entries and exits while learning to keep very quiet in the wings.
Finally all the hard work paid off and the kids put on two absolutely stellar performances. The evening performance was videoed so watch this space for when the video becomes available.
Putting on a production like this really highlights the great group of kids we have here at school, not only are they resilient but they coped amazingly well with the condensed rehearsal schedule and they have done so with high levels of patience and minimal complaining. Full credit to Mike and Alison for all the hard work they put into the production, props, costume and stage design. It really all came together beautifully in the end.
"Such an awesome show. The kids did a fantastic job keeping us all thoroughly entertained throughout the show. Amazing talent by all involved."
"Amazing show lake school people! Well done everyone!"
"They were fantastic"