Immediately before the October half-term parents, students and friends of Bishop Thomas Grant School were invited to the school production of 'Cabaret' and the three performances were all greeted with a standing ovation.
The venue for the second musical production of 2015 was not the school main hall but the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich. The idea was to give the musicians and performers a chance to exhibit their talents in a professional space, which certainly paid dividends. Director Mr Brzezicki and Musical Director Mr Beston worked tirelessly to put together such a magnificent show in such a short time.
“It was a fantastically impressive play. I must say, all the players were professional enough to be on Broadway or Hollywood” commented one visitor.
All the performers were stars in their own right, but it was the diminutive Tiago Freitas in the role of Herr Schultz who won everyone’s heart, closely followed by the amazing Majella Brady as Sally Bowles. Lucy Sturmer was an excellent Fraulein Schneider and Chad St Louis with his convincing accent played the American Cliff Bradshaw. Luci Anne Anson was superb as “Emcee”.
The orchestra, drawn from the friends and family of the school, made the very most of the fine acoustics in the theatre, and the wonderful sound system enabled a perfect balance to be struck as the soloists and chorus were freed from the traditional struggle to project their voices in the cavernous school main hall.
At the end of the final performance Mr Brzezicki delivered a vote of thanks not only to all the students and staff who had contributed to the show but in particular to Mr Desa, whose vision it had been to stage a show away from the school. Another visitor summed up the performance very aptly:
“What a fabulous evening we had at the show Cabaret last night. Thoroughly enjoyable, great singing, great acting, fantastic personalities so well cast! Thank you very much, all at Bishop Thomas Grant.”