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School Production Summer 2012

Guys and Dolls -

Guys and Dolls turned out to be one of the Tapton MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) team’s most popular plays to date. However, it wasn’t just a spur of the moment decision to stage this production. The idea had been floating round for a couple of years but unfortunately the performing rights weren’t secured until 2011.

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls turned out to be one of the Tapton MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) team’s most popular plays to date. However, it wasn’t just a spur of the moment decision to stage this production. The idea had been floating round for a couple of years but unfortunately the performing rights weren’t secured until 2011. Finally, discovering it could be possible to put together, Miss Gerard (Drama) Miss Northin (Music) Miss Bows (Art) and Miss Crick (Dance) sat down and contemplated the idea of finally going for it. Fortunately for them, it seems that decision happily paid off. In July the show was performed over 3 nights to packed audiences as well as our customary public dress rehearsal to our Primary partner schools. Everyone who managed to see Tapton’s production of Guys and Dolls was unanimous in their verdict – a resounding triumph!

Around 70 students auditioned for the play and though Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide could be regarded as the main characters in the play the whole cast were superb, full of energy, word perfect and obviously loving every minute of their time on stage.  Guys and Dolls is set in the 50’s where all the retro trends were discovered. So obviously it must have been fun for the students sporting period hairstyles. Great job there Miss Bows and team. Not only did the art department, under Miss Bows’ leadership help create a real authentic look to the characters with wonderful hairstyling and make up but the set design was visually stunning. Mr Storer and his able team once again worked wonders on constructing a truly amazing set.

Miss Crick’s choreography and hours and hours of practice really paid off as the dance routines were a real treat.  One of the most popular dancers was the “sewer dance” which then involved an exciting dance off towards the end with the hot-box girls, and top 3 songs to dance to were:

  • Bushel and Peck (By the hot-box girls)
  • Luck Be A Lady
  • Oldest Established.

However, a show like this is not just about looking good on stage; it’s got to sound good too. No problem there as Miss Northin was able to draw upon the amazing pool of talented musicians our school produces each year. With Miss Northin conducting, the band never missed a note and really brought some foot tapping, hand clapping energy to the show and made sure those actors rose to the occasion.

There were too many magic moments on stage to pick out individual ones as Miss Gerrard’s direction really did bring out the best of every single cast member. Whether it be intimate moments between two characters or large group scenes with virtually the whole cast on stage together, the audience were captivated throughout with the quality of the acting.

So, the MADD team, once again lived up to their name as this amazing production relied entirely on Music, Art, Drama and Dance.  Word has it that backstage after the final show cast members shed tears at the thought of it all being over. However, for them and us the good news is we only have to wait until December for the next school production, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. So, don’t miss out, details will be on the website very soon.