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Twelfth Night Production -Dec 2012

If music be the food of love, read on...

Emma Ferguson played a starring role in Tapton’s Christmas 2012 production of Twelfth Night and her close friend Martha Armitage got the chance to watch the show on the closing night.

If music be the food of love, read on...

Emma Ferguson played a starring role in Tapton’s Christmas 2012 production of Twelfth Night and her close friend Martha Armitage got the chance to watch the show on the closing night. Here they review the play from two different perspectives.

Lights. Camera. Action... the storm began.

Howling with laughter, the audience applauded with delight as a round, portly gentleman plodded into the spotlight, soon to be followed by his gormless sidekick. The comedy duo of Sir Toby and Sir Andrew (played by Abby Russell and Emma Ferguson) had us at their ‘fingers’ ends’. The humour didn’t stop there though as it was emphasised by Will Dalrymple’s portrayal of the maddened, mistreated and miserable Malvolio, the ludicrous fool of the play. Although it was safe to say that the talent of everyone involved “warmed the hearts of the audience” through the power of song.

Everyone came together to produce something really special. At the end of the performance the audience shot up out of their seats to offer everyone a round of applause. Mrs Gerrard’s passion had inspired everyone to put on such an amazing show. The music was exceptional – all created by the students themselves. The Art department had pulled out all the stops by creating a castle, secret dungeon and a snow covered forest! Mr Storer also deserved a well -deserved thanks for his technical support, but sadly 12th Night was the last production he will take part in.

Martha, as a member of that audience, really enjoyed the show. “From the moment the music began to the very last note I was enthralled in the magic of the play. The main thing that was very noticeable to an audiences’ eye was the chemistry between the actors, they looked like they genuinely enjoyed their time on stage together. To conclude, it was an evening well spent, especially due to the proud moment watching my close friends take part in such a fantastic production.”

It all seemed to be over in a flash, but for Emma, being in the play started back in September with rehearsals. “This is a vital part of the production, it’s the time when you build bonds with fellow cast mates, come to terms with your character and start to create an image in your head of the piece coming together. The first few rehearsals are so exciting as getting to know the rest of the cast is what gave me the drive to put all my effort into it, not just for me but for everyone else too. As this is not my first production, I’ve started to see nerves as a good thing; a form of adrenaline. If I have no nerves there is something wrong! I believe this shows how much you care about the play-you want to do it to the best of your ability.”