The curtain has come down on the Junior School’s production of What a Knight! after two performances of medieval mirth which were played to sell-out audiences of family, friends, staff and governors.
Featuring a cast of nearly 70 year six pupils, the musical told the story of young squire Watt Cobblers who is expelled from knight school and reluctantly becomes Merlin’s new apprentice. But when Merlin loses Excalibur, King Arthur’s daughters have been kidnapped and his brave knights have turned into chickens, Watt and his new-found friends Dusty Dragon and the wayward Princess Alice set off to rescue the princesses, save Excalibur and defeat the evil Black Knight.
Directed by Mrs Alison Sullivan, the production’s lead characters were played brilliantly by James Nichols, Shivalika Takiar, Phoebe Roberts, Beatrice Bullough, Jack Piper, Emilio Ramirez, Andrew Corcoran and Harry Matthews.
The leads were backed by an amazing supporting cast who helped deliver a professional performance by singing songs to music played by Mrs Ruth Cole, Mrs Jo Swales and Old Stopfordian Ollie Mills (OS 2012), while sound and lights were handled by Mrs Alison Hutchinson and Mrs Diana Koziel.
During a week of rehearsals, five of the production’s off-stage crew – Ethan Howgate, Lorenzo Di Santo, Jack Buchanan, Sam Dullehan and Harvey Jones – were equipped with notepads, cameras and laptops as they reported from behind-the-scenes for a special daily blog which attracted nearly 2,000 hits from visitors all over the world and as far away as Ecuador!