Regent’s Revue raises the roof of the Globe

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Over 40 performers, including teachers and pupils, recently took part in two highly successful evenings of songs, drama sketches and dance performed on the stage of the Globe Theatre.

The performance began with the storming opening number of America performed by the cast of the upcoming musical production of West Side Story due to be presented this June. The exuberance of the dancers and colourful costumes complemented the expert dancing and rousing singing provided a hugely effective start to the Revue. The comperes for the evening, Tina and Wayne from the Year 12 IB Theatre class, stylishly linked the performances with humorous exchanges.

I hope you have your tickets ready!I hope you have your tickets ready!

The next act was Mackenzie Cole giving her performance of Cassandra from the Trojan Women which earned her a Distinction in the recent LAMDA Examinations.

She was followed by the first of two ballet sequences from Year 7 pupil Margot. Teachers Nick Lewis and Phil Larkin beautifully sang the duet Lilly’s Eyes from the musical The Secret Garden followed by 8Y pupils giving a master class in the performance Victorian melodrama.

Year 7 student Emily changed the tone entirely in her beautiful performance of the song Jar of Hearts.

There was more comedy with 9Y pupils’ hilarious Commedia scene The Secret Love Potion in which they wore masks designed and made by themselves. Year 10 GCSE Drama student, Anastasia put a spell on the audience with her singing of On My Own from the smash-hit musical Les Miserables.

Not to be outdone, Music teacher Jasmine Neufeld accompanied herself on the piano in a beautiful song from The Phantom of the Opera. Mr Lewis brought the first half to a rousing close with a spectacular performance of Bui Doi from the West End musical Miss Saigon.

Roma in The Secret Love Potion. Roma in The Secret Love Potion.

Refreshments in the interval were provided by Goldfish PLC, one of the student service groups, the profits of which went to one of the Regent’s School’s community partners.

The second half featured more fine acts, including the Year 7 boy band and a spell-binding performance of a LAMDA monologue about refugees performed by Year 12 IB Theatre student, Yulia.

This contrasted with a funny duologue given by Year 8 students Scott and Karl called Food, acted in the broadest Scots accents I have ever heard! Four teachers then took to the stage in the hilarious Yorkshire sketch from Monty Python.

The final act by Year 7 Dance group wittily combined circus skills with ballet and jazz styles of dance provided a rousing finale which left the audience marveling at their comic timing and energy!

Margot dances Swan Lake.Margot dances Swan Lake.

These are just some of the acts that featured in what was a hugely successful evening which left the audience buzzing with anticipation of next year’s Revue performance, the plans for which are already being made.

The whole evening provided great entertainment and added a new feature in the Performance Arts calendar of the Regent’s School.

The acts featured a lot of new faces who do not usually get an opportunity to take part in the main school productions and, who knows, could well be the stars of the future.

Mr Lewis sings from Miss Saigon.Mr Lewis sings from Miss Saigon.

A scene from Victorian Melodrama.A scene from Victorian Melodrama.