Senior pupils from Adams’ Grammar School recently took to the stage for a spectacular production of the complex musical Cabaret.
Pupils aged 14 to 18 captivated audiences with four sell-out performances of the show. Performed in the close and personal setting of the school’s Hamilton Hall, they received standing ovations and universal praise for their comic yet tragic production of Kander and Ebb’s 1930s musical Cabaret.
The dark tale is set around the characters in Berlin’s seedy Kit Kat Klub where the Master of Ceremonies appears to be pulling everyone’s strings. Against a backdrop of political tension as the Nazi party starts its rise to power, shopkeeper Herr Schultz has his proposal to marry the lonely Fraulein Schneider thwarted by the threats his Jewish faith spark whilst struggling American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, fails to make his lover and nightclub hostess Sally Bowles fully understand the danger he sees ahead.
Lower Sixth pupil Chris Hose was masterful in the role of the MC, engaging everyone with his wonderful comic timing and powerful singing. His mastery of can-can dancing also proved a hit with the audience, who he held in the palm of his hand from the beginning to the shocking ending, with a brief preview of what the future was to hold.
The role of Sally Bowles was played by Mary Jackson who beautifully captured the underlying sadness of this character which she attempts to hide with her refusal to take life seriously. Her question “it’s only politics and what’s that got to do with us?” is brutally answered as the world she knows crumbles around her.
Phil Broomhead played the role of the naive Cliff Bradshaw with touching sensitivity as his character struggled to find his way in the world. As Berlin’s lively nightclub world played around him, he alone picked up on the dangers of the Nazi party for his new friends.
Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider were played by James Micklewright and Emily Richards and their portrayal of a couple coming to terms with the love they find in later years had the audience willing them to grab their last chance of happiness. Their duet “It couldn’t please me more” ably assisted by the MC and …..a pineapple!” was absolutely brilliant.
The lead characters were very ably supported by a talented cast of actors, singers and dancers as well as a slick crew, also made up of pupils, and a professional band. With standing ovations and numerous accolades, it is fair to say the show was a huge success.
“Absolutely outstanding performances, funny, moving & expertly delivered”.
“Special praise to Chris Hose and Emily Richards for difficult roles expertly done”
“A wonderful performance by everyone. How lucky are we to have such talent on our doorstep. Look forward to your next performance.
“Truly magnificent performance. Audience laughing then gasping then in tears. Cabaret show the best school show I have ever seen. Well done.”
Plans are already being laid for next year’s production when the whole school will combine to produce the all singing all dancing Guys and Dolls.
A galley of photos from Cabaret can be viewed below. Please click on the thumbnails to view larger images.
Adams’ 1st XV have recently strung three wins in a row together and at long last started to realise some of their promise following their much unexpected triumph over last year’s hugely successful 1st XV team.
Adams’ won that game in front of 300 plus spectators on the last weekend of the autumn term. The old boys were left shocked by the ‘all round’ game of the school side, especially the physical intensity at the break down. Captain Scott Russell said : ‘beating the old boys was a massive boost for us. Unfortunately we have compared ourselves to them and all that they have achieved last year. Not one of us expected to win. Our confidence going into the games against Camp Hill and Wirral has been massive since.
You have to remember that last year the 1st XV lost to Wirral! We’re now looking forward to welcoming Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday who we beat back in early October’.
Adams’ ran in 8 tries against Camp Hill winning 52 – 10 with Fergus Mulhern scoring a hat trick of tries, and were comfortable winners over Wirral Grammar School winning 24 -10. Adams’ 1st have now won 8 from 14 games so far this season.
The North Midlands society referee reported his funniest request by a player ever following the match against Camp Hill. The referee explained that it’s normal to have requests from various players pleading that he keep a watch out for the offside or hands in the ruck. He chuckled to himself when Max Beeching, the open side flanker for school asked: ‘Ref, can you please ask their scrum-half to stop moaning every time I tackle him?’ Good old Max!