A dream of a production at saltash.net

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By Em_Williams | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 13:56

saltash.net's ambitious production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' has been declared a resounding success by all who had the privilege and pleasure of watching it during the week of 7th to 11th December.

Directed by Head of Drama at saltash.net, Mrs Jo Loyn, Shakespeare's magical world was brought to life by original music, composed by Head of Music Mrs Viv Haighton, ingenious staging and special effects and first class acting talent by students from across all year groups.

Producing a successful version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is very much dependent upon having the right people to play the key roles of Nick Bottom, The Weaver, and Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies and  Year 12 student, Jamie Pullan, seemed born to play the lead role of Bottom.  Having previously undertaken significant roles in the school's musical productions of Grease, Oliver and The Wizard of Oz, Jamie combined his musical talents with his acting prowess to deliver a carefully judged performance.

Ably supporting Jamie in the lead roles were Year 12 student Ollie Gilford as Oberon and Year 11 student Lowenna Rule as Titania.  Both gave exceptional performances that belied their years, delivering Shakespeare's beautiful language and poetry with an impressive level of intuition and confidence.

There were many other praiseworthy performances from the hardworking and committed cast including Jaz Smith, Hannah Paull, Tyler House and Joe Lang as the Lovers, Megan Day as Petra Quince, JJ Harding, Chris Smith, Ryan Giddy and Tom Oatey as the Mechanicals, Roxy Brown, Luke Carter and Sam Crawley as Hippolyta, Theseus and Egeus, and Laura Kelly, Jacob Hunt, Becky Pollard and Freya Morrison as four versions of Puck, the most mischievious fairy of them all.

Speaking at the end of the week of performances, which included one for Year 5 and 6 children from saltash.net's partner primary schools, headteacher Mrs Bryce said: "The school already has an excellent reputation for the performing arts, but this whole school production has taken our ability to create an outstanding evening's entertainment to a whole new level. 

Our very talented young people, superbly assisted by teaching and support staff, rose to the challenge of presenting a play by Shakespeare incredibly well.  They certainly showed that Shakespeare is as relevant to today's society as he was 400 years ago, certainly where the 'course of true love' is concerned!"




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