The feel good factor was present in abundance at King’s Ely this week as pupils of King’s Ely Junior performed Disney’s “High School Musical” to packed audiences on three nights in the school’s Hayward Theatre.
The eleven and twelve year old cast and crew worked intensively over eight weeks to deliver a technically and musically challenging show in style. From the moment the cheer leaders took the stage, to the last glittering bang of the final note, the energy and enthusiasm kept the audiences entranced.
With convincing accents and a real stage presence, the cast absolutely believed in what they were doing and therefore took the audience along for the ride. The energy within each of the popular numbers was infectious and even the most reserved members of the audience were foot-tapping along throughout. The quality of the song, dance and acting undoubtedly was the result of many hours of rehearsals with very talented mentors, but the process was made that much easier by the total commitment of all concerned.
The Head of King’s Ely Junior, Richard Whymark, commented, “This week’s wonderful performances of ‘High School Musical’ were simply stunning. The children performed at an exceptional level, transporting us with them to the high school in question and conveying all the emotional angst associated with the popular story. Great solo and ensemble performances, together with the lively score, helped to make the show uplifting and full of energy. Congratulations to all the performers, technicians and back stage crew for their achievements. Our gratitude goes to every member of the team behind the production.”