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The final week of Belvedere’s Spring Term 2018 closed in the most spectacular way. Since being recognised with an Educate Award for being the best in offering ‘Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School’ across the North West back in 2015 with ‘Oliver!’, Belvedere’s quality productions have become increasingly popular and the highlights of the academy calendar. As one event comes to a close, the next begins, and each time we feel we raise the quality whilst endeavouring to get as many of our talented pupils involved as possible.
With almost 100 students involved, this was definitely our biggest in-house production and, judging from the audience feedback, the most crowd pleasing so far! The Drama and Music departments’ staff were overwhelmed with comments applauding the success of the production, and the talent of the pupils with many likening it to West End quality over a school production; Music and Drama love collaborating for this very reason as our pupils are so talented. As always, Belvedere prides itself on creating the full package when it comes to its production with our students at the heart of everything – the amazing music was produced by the 40+ piece Orchestra, the choral were sung by our 30+ strong Show Choir, the singing and dance was performed by Principal and Junior Ensembles, and the soloists were made up of students from Year 7 to Year 13. It must also be noted that it was our student Tech Team who operated the 50 lanterns and 30 microphones involved in the production!
The production was a celebration of Musical Theatre performing the greatest show stopping numbers from the West End and the boards of Broadway. The evening took the audience on a journey through Victorian England through the work of Sondheim and Bart with Sweeney Todd and Oliver!, across the water to the French Revolution with Les Miserables, followed by a rewind to the American Revolution with Lin Manuel Mirranda’s global award winning Hamilton. A short trip along the yellow brick road with The Wizard of Oz led us to Broadway where we performed songs from The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Chicago, Rent, Grease, Avenue Q and Ghost The Musical.
As always, it was a three night sell-out performance, and honestly, our favourite so far!