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Woodroffe School pupils light up the stage with annual show
Life was a Cabaret again for Woodroffe School students last week.
Producer Kathy Elliott and her 2013 mentor team, Joe Bailey, Callam Thom and Fran Hall worked for four months to prepare for the show which took place over three nights.
Joe was the senior mentor and senior sound technician.
He also accompanied three vocalists on guitar and mentored a number of vocal acts and bands.
Callam , who was stage manager for the second year, was also in charge of lighting design and he found time to mentor a number of vocal acts.
Fran, having performed in the cabaret for the last five years, was the mentor responsible for supporting the dance acts.
Some 86 auditions took place in the autumn term and 22 cts were chosen to perform in the sell-out show.
Around a hundred students performed and even more were involved in the production.
The jazz band, directed by Jon Cullimore, began the show followed by the tap dancing skills of Ellen Crofton.
Elizabeth Delaney-Ellwood sang a solo accompanied by senior mentor Joe before Katie Pike and Katie Pring delivered a comical news report.
Despite being too ill to perform on the opening night, Annabel Davies battled through to perform a vocal solo with an amazing range in the remaining two performances.
During the interval non-alcoholic cocktails were provided by a team of sixth form students.
The second half kicked off with a display of vocal talent from Miles Ford, Harry Robson, Ellie Taylor and Henry Cornish. An elegant balletic dance was performed by Katie Pike followed by a gospel duet performed by Hester Heeler-Frood and Roisin Linnett.
A vocal trio involving Sarah Nicholson, Ellie Hayter and Beth Allen provided some soaring harmonies followed by a song effortlessly performed by Cabaret favourite James Dean.
The show ended with the wildly exuberant Year 13 dance, which delighted the audience with its mixture of energy and humour.
Producer Kathy said she was very proud of everyone involved.
Over the years, the show has supported more than 30 different charities. This year three more will benefit – Barnardo’s, Sense and Brainwave.