Oakham: Oakham School musical success with 'Singin' in the Rain'
By Evie Payne
15th Dec 2021 | Local News
Oakham School's actors have put on a show-stopping performance this week with their production of the hit musical Singin' in the Rain.
Talented drama students brought the Old Hollywood classic to life at the school's Queen Elizabeth Theatre for an audience of friends, family, and members of the local community.
In one of the biggest casts the school has ever seen, the main school production was a roaring success, with each musical number and dance routine wowing the audience.
Whilst the classic song 'Singin' in the Rain' hit all of the right notes with the audience, other musical numbers such as 'Good Morning' and 'All I Do is Dream of You' went down a storm, with the stirring choreography and vocals each ending in minutes of applause.
Throughout each performance, all of the students impressed the audience with their acting, singing and dancing skills, whilst the set, lighting and production were professionally executed.
Special mention, however, must go to Lina Lamont's iconic 'What's Wrong With Me?' number, which had everyone in stitches, with form 7 pupil Izzy portraying the well-known high-pitched voice of her character to near perfection.
The production was supported by many departments at the school, including Oakham School's talented musicians, who performed alongside the cast with a fantastic band made up of both pupils and staff.
Taking on one of the lead roles as Don Lockwood, the very talented form 7 pupil Zsolti said: "I've always loved the dance element of musicals and I've really enjoyed learning and performing the choreography for Singin' in the Rain. The show was a huge success, and our audience was given glitz, glamour and romance."
The classic musical follows the tale of movie stars Don and Lina, as they navigate the transition from silent films to the era of the 'talkies':
Whilst the power couple have repeatedly been cast as a romantic duo, Lina's voice doesn't match up to the standard of sound needed, so a bright and aspiring actress, Kathy, is hired to record over her voice, much to Lina's distaste.
The 1952 film of the same title starred Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, and is still iconic to this day – as such, it is unsurprising that the school's production was such a hit.
The show also included many technical aspects, not to exclude the noteworthy display of several silent movie clips and some audio dubbing.
Gilly Norell, director of drama at Oakham School, said: "We were thrilled to bring the music and nostalgia of Singin' in the Rain to Oakham and our actors enjoyed transporting our audiences into an era of old-time Hollywood."Each and every one of our pupils and members of staff who were involved in the production has done an incredible job and I'm so proud of what we've all managed to achieve. It's been a wonderful team effort."
Congratulations to all involved in the production, which ran from Tuesday the 30th of November until Saturday the 4th of December.
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