Drama Productions

Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

30 March 2017

Virtually Here by Elizabeth Williams

17 and 18 March 2016

Virtually Here is a contemporary piece of theatre written by our Drama teacher Mrs Elizabeth Williams. Episodic in structure, minimalist in set and props and uses projections. It lends itself to ensemble work and physical theatre. While there are some main roles and naturalistic dialogue – the girls predominantly worked and devised the play as a chorus. The play focused on a teenager simply called GIRL. GIRL’s grandmother, GRANDMA is bedridden and every night, GIRL comes to sit on her bed to talk to her. It bothers GRANDMA that GIRL never has anything to tell her about her day. GIRL is also becoming worried when she starts to find herself becoming increasingly invisible in her daily life. This manifests itself in a series of dreams. She finds, very strangely, that 3 characters make their way in to her life; Faye, Hope and Charlie. Each helps her to reconnect to her values and regain a sense of who she is – she had lost herself amidst a world of superficiality and triviality.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

30 March 2015

Our school production of Little Women in March 2015 was a huge success. It was The Laurels’ first full production setting the bar exceedingly high for the future. During the preceding term performers and backstage crew worked hard to produce the first rate performances for audiences on 19th and 20th March 2015. The theatrical adaptation of Little Women not only tells the classic tale of the young March sisters grappling with trials and tribulations of adolescence in Civil War New England, but also incorporates Alcott’s sequel, Good Wives, following the girls as they make their way in the world. The cast of young performers had the challenge of maturing in their roles, something which they handled with both tenacity and integrity. They embraced every scene with energy and focus, drawing the packed audiences in to the world of the play. Particularly commendable was their sensitive handling of the emotionally charged scenes in which the whole cast touchingly demonstrated their vast capacity to empathise with the characters and displayed an excellent understanding of how to convey an atmosphere to an audience not only through spoken dialogue but also through beautiful song.Those who were fortunate enough to attend both performances would attest to how each ensemble offered unique yet equally strong and compelling interpretations of Alcott’s vivid characters. However neither of these sterling performances would have been possible without the dedicated backstage crew whose professionalism drove the production and delivered a visual treat to the audiences.

The set pieces remained on stage throughout the piece with the characters moving around them reimagining the sofa into a back step of a dance hall. This meant that the lighting, sound effects and projection was relied on to acknowledge the scene changing from one to the other. The Creative Team dealt with these technical demands with confidence and calmly led the show, displaying not only fantastic teamwork but also immense courage in the face of such responsibility.

The whole cast and crew demonstrated the importance of working together and it was this spirit of collaboration which was at the very heart of Little Women’s success. Thanks goes to All the cast and Miss Williams for a wonderful production.

“I thought the girls did a great job of staying in character and making us believe in them.” Year 8 parent.

“An excellent ensemble production where The March family’s journey through adolescence to adulthood was portrayed with great warmth, spontaneity and humour by the talented cast.” Gabrielle Lloyd, Actress.