Shakespeare at The Whitty Theatre

This week saw The Whitty Theatre host the school’s biggest arts event of the year, the Musical Theatre Project; a cross-curricular project involving drama, music, art and textiles, encompassing the whole of Year 9.

The pupils divided into specialist groups, working over the term on performing, lighting and sound, set, music and props. The pupils were given responsibility for all aspects of the production. This approach establishes team expertise in working methods for largescale projects and encourages enthusiasm for the arts. The Whitty Theatre provided an amazing space for this project, as not only were the pupils performing on a real stage, they were also able to learn how to use facilities and technical equipment actually found in professional theatres!

The production, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is one of the best loved of all Shakespeare’s comedies. The story involves three worlds: the Fairies who inhabit the forest and mead, ruled by their King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, The Royal Court who follow Duke Theseus and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, and the well-meaning but none-too-bright Mechanicals, – working men from the town, who are keen to prepare an entertainment for the forthcoming bridal party.

The play followed the fortunes of a quartet of young lovers, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demitrius as they quarrelled and lost themselves in the forest, – the same place in which the Mechanicals were rehearsing for their performance. This left them all at the mercy of the mischievous Puck, Oberon’s fairy servant, who harnessed all his magic power to create chaos amongst them.

The result was a lively and energetic show full of charm and fairy dust.

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