There were gruesome goings-on at Gad’s last night as Senior students took to the stage to tell the story of the demon barber of Fleet Street.

The school’s annual musical this year was an in interpretation of Sweeney Todd, penned by the school’s drama teacher Mr Mark Waite.

An all-dancing, all-singing re-working of the dark comedy showcased the acting talents of the school’s years seven to 11 students.

15 year-old GCSE student Connor Anderson, from West Malling, played the lead-role:  “Lots of my classmates and friends auditioned for the part of Sweeney and I was made-up to get it.

“Learning lines and attending rehearsals while revising has taken discipline but getting into character and performing to a great crowd made it all worth-while.”

The production ran to a packed audience of proud parents, fellow students, teachers, Governors and friends of the school for three evening showings.

Many of the main characters were played by drama GCSE pupils after auditioning for the 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 ‘The Wizard of Oz’ just after Easter.


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