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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West Buckland Prep School’s U11 hockey team have won the Devon Hockey Sevens Tournament held at Mount Kelly on Tuesday 20th February.
After a very confident 2-0 win over St Peter’s Lympstone, the boys faced stiff opposition from Exeter School, who they had previously beaten earlier in the season. Exeter won an extremely tight match, by a single goal, which proved to be a turning point for the West Buckland team, galvanising their resolve and they did not concede a single goal from that point on.
There followed convincing wins against St Andrew’s, Cullompton, 2-1 and Mount Kelly B 5-0. West Buckland went into their last match, against Mount Kelly B, knowing that a win would clinch the tournament. With one minute to go, they clinched the game 1-0 to take the title.
Our U13 rugby team's unbeaten record this season remained in tact after yesterday's exciting North Devon Schools' Rugby 7s Tournament, held at home under brilliant sunny skies. The team took their excellent form into the tournament and won all their matches, bar one, which they drew.
West Buckland's U14s were also successful in the tournament, and were crowned North Devon Champions, winning their section in style. The U15s also performed well, finishing runners-up.
We were delighted to host the event, which was attended by schools across the region, all enjoying the winter sunshine and a dry pitch!
Year 10 James Tyson has just returned from South Africa where he has been on tour with Devon County U15 cricket team for 16 days. The team played 6 matches including two 2 day matches and a day/night match.
This was an amazing trip, during which time the squad were able to visit some of the most iconic cricket grounds including Newlands, under the shadow of Table Mountain, go on safari and play their first 'day/night' match with a white ball.
Read James' blog where he describes this 'awesome' trip.