Playing to a large and enthusiastic audience on both nights, the senior production of Guys & Dolls at the Queen's Theatre last weekend, was an absolute triumph!
The four principle parts, played by Ella Clifton (Miss Adelaide), Izzy Fincher (Miss Sarah); Tom Smaldon (Sky Masterson) and Harry Sampson (Nathan Detroit) were exceptional, their stage presence being coupled with fantastic singing that carried the audience on a wave of joy throughout.
But it wasn't just the principles that starred. The depth of talent was impressive, with great performances by Kelsie Cooling as a very convincing Arvide Abernathy, Patrick Clifton, as Benny Southwest and Robert Stirzaker as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, whose 'Sit Down Your Rockin' the Boat' was a knockout.
Vic Ford's choreography, as always, was faultless - the gamblers' acrobatics during 'Luck be a Lady' and the Hot Box girls' dancing in 'Bushel and a Peck' being notable.
This was a performance that involved dedication and time, not only by the pupils involved, but those staff members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen.
Enormous thanks to Kimberley Turner, Vic Ford, Michael Burstow, Emma Kent, Guy Monk and many others involved with set and costumes, make-up and technicals, chaperoning and props.
Stand up and take a bow!
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