The entire Year six group from Meopham Community Academy was treated to the first showing of Gad’s Hill Senior School’s latest production ‘The Dream’, an all-singing, all-dancing re-working of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The visitors enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments during the hour-and-a-half long matinee in the school’s theatre, which is complete with staging, lighting and sound equipment.
The interpretation, which was penned by the school’s new drama teacher Mr Waite, delivered a modern-day twist on the classic comedy and showcased the singing and acting talents of the school’s years seven to 11 students.
The 70-strong group of Meopham classmates and teachers were collected from and returned to their school in a Gad’s coach and mini-bus.
They shared an excited giggle about some of the sketches with the Gad’s Juniors, who also watched the show, while tucking in to homemade biscuits, during the interval.
Gad’s Headmaster David Craggs said: “It’s always lovely to welcome guests, especially children and they were impeccably behaved and very appreciative of our cast’s efforts.
“Being greeted by smiling faces is the easiest way to calm first night nerves and I hope the children from Meopham enjoyed watching the show as much as our children enjoyed performing it – I’m pretty sure they did as they said they would love to see another of our shows in the future.”
‘The Dream’ ran to a packed audience of proud parents, fellow students, teachers, Governors and friends of the school for three more evening showings over three days.
Many of the lead characters were played by drama GCSE pupils after auditioning for the many coveted roles.
Every year seven pupil was given a part in the Chorus to help introduce them to singing and dancing and provide experience of a theatrical production – something the school prides itself on with previous musicals including ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Every school production is supported by the Musical Director, the Gad’s Rock Band, and drama and events teams and the Juniors are now looking forward to appearing in ‘Peter Pan’ just after Easter.