This year´s school production, Showtime, proved a massive hit and played to packed audiences for its three-night run.
After the overwhelming success of last year´s performance, West Side Story, the drama and music departments decided to take a different approach and hand the reins over to our talented, dedicated students.
The result was the students´ own show - Showtime: A Musical History. Numbers from some of the best musicals of different eras - from Oliver and Chicago to The Lion King and Frozen - were chosen by cast and crew. The cast, band and technical team all worked incredibly hard to prepare for the production and all the time and effort invested certainly paid off.
The format offered opportunities for a large number of students to take centre stage and perform solos. Fantastic singing in numbers such as ´Music of the Night´ and ´Don´t Rain on My Parade´ was complemented by excellent dancing choreographed by students Natalie Keogh and Caitlin Mawhinney. In her last show at King James´s, Becky Bowe wowed the audience with her rendition of ´Maybe This Time´ from Chicago. Some of the group numbers were particularly memorable, including ´So Long, Farewell´ from The Sound of Music, which gave younger performers a chance to shine, excerpts from The Blues Brothers that got everyone dancing and a rousing Hairspray medley that rounded off the show.
Special mention needs to go to Sixth Formers Josh Roebuck and Jonny Vaux who, along with teacher Michael Barker, arranged the varied and often challenging music. As usual the student technical team, led by Stevie Wren, Cleo Evans, Phoebe Logan and Matt Carnazza, did the performers proud.
The audience left inspired by the young people´s enthusiasm, talent and passion for performance. We´re already looking forward to next year!