Both Year 6 classes at Michael Faraday School didn’t disappoint with a truly spectacular end of year play staged during the final week of the summer term. Shakespeare Rocks was the grand production that delighted parents and other pupils from around the school. Both performances received a standing ovation with the audience asking for an encore.
The pupils and staff have been preparing for the play for just under two months now. Once the decision was made to stage Shakespeare Rocks, the auditions, rehearsals and then fine tuning took up most of the post-SATS teaching time in Year 6.
The casting was carried out so as to include all of the pupils with a role that suited their skills. It is always a wonderful surprise to find each year that some of the students have hidden talents that are just perfect for some of the parts in the play.
Shakespeare Rocks was part musical, part comedy. We didn’t realise that so many of the Year 6 class members are gifted with perfect comedy timing!
Two performances took place on the same day. This gave the staff the opportunity to rotate the roles so that all pupils were involved. It also meant some very tight turnarounds with costumes and props. But as ever – it was most certainly all right on the night!
The audience was treated to a lively production that included plenty of singing, dancing and dialogue. The idea behind the play is that a couple of time travellers discover Shakespeare’s personal diary. They then take a trip back in time to find out the real story behind the great Bard.
Along the way there are cameo performances from many of the great Shakespearian characters, as well as a running gag about cross dressing. All of this was acted out by the Year 6 student with tremendous enthusiasm. We hope that the selection of short videos below help to give a feel of the energy that was present in the production.
There are many staff members that need to be thanked for helping to make Shakespeare Rocks possible. Joint Directors Leanne and Badgie have been incredibly patient over the past couple of months. Our Musical Director Liz once again managed to get the maximum performance out of the pupils.
Dilek and Ragini worked wonders with the scenery and costumes. Bridget was responsible for running a tight ticket operation, as well as producing the programmes.
We would also like to thank the many, many family and friends of Year 6 students who came out in such great numbers to show your support. We hope that you enjoyed Shakespeare Rocks.