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‘Brilliant’ VIP Show for Felixstowe Primaries

posted 7 Mar 2014, 03:51 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 03:52 ]

To cheers and rapturous applause, the students of the Felixstowe Academy brought to an end their special performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

This special performance was presented to over 100 local primary school pupils who had braved the cold weather to take their seats for the new production. The children, in Year 6 classes from Colneis Junior, Langer Primary and Trimley St Martin Primary schools were all treated to the very first taste.

Katie, aged 10, enjoyed watching the character of ‘Puck’, played by Taryn Mason.  Katie loved the fairy’s meddling within the story saying “The play was brilliant!  I liked it when things got muddled up”

There was praise too for Keelan Swift-Stalley who plays ‘Bottom’, as one member of the audience, ten year old Jess added “Bottom was really funny.  He made me laugh!”

But it wasn’t just about the romance and comedy, ten year old Josh loved the action scenes within the play saying “the play was great, but the fight scene was my favourite part”.

Felixstowe Academy’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a specially adapted production of the classic Shakespeare comedy.  Former students, Wade Ablitt and Matt Soper have teamed up to write, compose and director a vibrant and exciting interpretation of a well-known Shakespeare play.

Wade, having abridged the play’s text, has also written and composed the songs for this year’s production, with Matt offering to come back as Director to work with the Academy students after completing a foundation course at Guildford School for Acting.

With assistance and supervision from Paul Stone, Subject Leader for Drama, and Mike Wren, Subject Leader for Music, these ex-students have been working with some of the hugely talented existing students to bring the production together. 

Felixstowe Academy is very lucky to have talented ex-students so willing to come in and give up their time to work creatively with our current students. Under the leadership of the Academy’s highly experienced Performing Arts staff, the creativity of the young people involved is clearly flourishing. 

Judging by the reaction of the primary school children within the audience, there could be new recruits wanting to sign up for Drama next year!