An Extraordinary Performance by All Saints 11th – 15th February 2013
Setting a 16th Century script to a fresh musical score in modern day London was an ambitious and inspired project for All Saints Roman Catholic School in York. Co-directed with traverse staging by Head of Drama Alys Clark and Sally Glenn, choreography by Jeanette Couldry and the music written by Director of Performing Arts Richard Mann, with Jodie Cappleman providing the musical arrangements, a cast of 107 students delivered an impressive play that commanded sell out performances on five consecutive nights.
Belying their age and experience, the play was produced and delivered by an outstanding cast of musicians, actors and dancers supported by a hardworking backstage and technical production team. Sixth Former’s Theo Mason-Wood and Emma Dubruel gave emotional, believable and enchanting renditions of the tragic Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, with notable performances in supporting roles by Joe Sample as Mercutio, James Ridgeway as Tybalt, Rachel Kelly as Juliet’s nurse and Tori Klays as Benvolia.
Driven collaboratively by the students; impressive casting, imaginative stagecraft and prop use, engaging acting and strong, narrative choreography told the tale of two teenagers from warring families, set in the heart of the UK’s Capital City. With passionate performances by all cast members, the Capulet’s were depicted as ‘new money’ owners of the glitzy celebrity nightclub ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ and The Montagues as owners of the established and notorious ‘Sycamore Grove’ public house. Following the Centuries old script almost purely, when Romeo and the Montague gang crashed the star-studded Capulet party, the star-crossed duo met and began their journey of forbidden love that flourished quickly and ended all too soon with a heart-wrenching double death scene.
Original music written for strings and piano by Richard Mann, and songs written and performed by Sixth Form students Jamie Gillick and Ruth Lewis combined with haunting original arrangements of classic pop songs by students and a team of music teachers. Showing immense talent with endearing humility, the score was discreetly performed on the main stage to enrich and substantiate rather than overwhelm the emotional delivery of the play.
Alys Clark and Sally Glenn explained, “It was always going to be a challenge to create a brand new version of the classic tragedy that would stay true to Shakespeare’s original intentions. All the students have been thoroughly involved in devising a dynamic production from the concept to its fruition. The project has been largely student led, and we are immensely proud of all our students’ achievements.”
To view images of the performance, please click on the link: http://sirastudio.zenfolio.com/romeoandjuliet