The Sound Of Music is a Resounding Success!
This year’s school production has been a resounding success with students and staff working all hours to bring The Sound of Music to the Invicta community.
Our Musical Director; Mr Riley sent us the following report:
“How astonishing it is to think that a Broadway Musical, composed almost 60 years ago, still has the power to sway people’s hearts in the way that Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece does. As soon as the nuns began their plainsong chant it was clear that this was going to be an evening of classy entertainment with the highest production values. The singing from the principals and chorus was thoroughly polished and assured (and perfectly in tune!), supported by our deluxe, hand-picked orchestra, led by Mick Raggatt (the term ‘Pit Band’ doesn’t really do this classy ensemble justice!). Song tempi were judiciously judged and the balance well-checked throughout, despite the right-angled situation of the orchestra spread across the whole width of the terrace, and Kevin Perry’s beautiful set looked stunning, tastefully lit by Jon Chambers. The digital backcloth projections also worked a treat, enhanced by realistic sound effects. The props and costumes were spot-on. We really were transported to a sassy pre-war Mittel-Europa. Es war ziemlich gemütlich!
It would be invidious to single out specific performers, such was the universality of their excellence. What was especially touching was how such an endeavour can bring together girls from all year groups. Their enthusiasm and evident enjoyment was infectious, spreading throughout the capacity audiences.
Messrs Rodgers and Hammerstein would, no doubt, have wished to thank the production team for their endless hours of work of auditioning, coaching, direction, the sleepless, worried nights, the countless e-mails and the sheer physical labour required to mount such a memorable show. Congratulations to all involved. How can we follow this?!”
We were delighted to receive this email of congratulations from Mr Richard Gretton, Manager of MYMS (Maidstone Youth Music Society).
“Outstanding, breathtaking, superb.... Yesterday evening's performance of The Sound of Music was all of these and much more. A combination of showcasing such incredible all-round talent, together with seeing everyone have such obvious fun. Congratulations - a wonderful evening. I was proud just to be there - you must all be so proud of what was achieved. Slick stage management, professional musicianship, imaginative scenery and a number of memorable performances. I recognise that there were so many individual contributions to make up the whole. However, I must make particular mention of both Emily Cox and Chloe Palmer. Their performances were an enormous credit to themselves and to the school.”
We would like to thank Mr Colin Birchall who attended every performance helping with FIGS and also taking these fantastic photographs. The photographs along with many others taken during all three performances can be ordered from his website. You may also purchase copies of the photographs that are on display in Reception from his website.
Please follow this link:http://www.myownphoto.co.uk/p1060030459