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Thursday, 06 March 2014
Hesketh House kicked off the World Book Day celebrations in style this morning with an assembly all about Shakespeare’s most well-known love story. Senior school pupils from Years 10 and up performed scenes from this year’s Joint Production of Romeo and Juliet.
Intense and aggressive choreography evoked the Montague and Capulet street brawl at the very beginning of the play. However, Benvolio was saved from Tybalt’s blade by the Prince of Verona – to gasps of surprise from the junior girls, who hadn’t spotted him watching the scene from the back of the hall! The cast then jumped forward to the Capulet Ball scene, where Romeo and Juliet first meet. A mashup of a slow, acoustic-style cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Dancing On My Own’ by Robyn was the perfect musical accompaniment and allowed the senior school pupils to show off their dancing skills.
The Hesketh House girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, which gave them a taste of what was in store from the Joint Production.
At the end of the assembly Mrs Worsley, one of the Hesketh House teachers, asked them a number of questions about the play: What parts of the play did they see during the assembly? What are the names of the two rival families? Who broke up the fight between the Montagues and the Capulets, and what is his name? Hands shot into the air with answers to every question, showing off the girls’ impressive knowledge of Shakespeare. Throughout the day, the girls were able to enjoy an interactive display about Shakespeare’s works in the Hesketh House Library. Mrs Worsley arranged a number of books, comics and other materials for them to look at and hopefully expand their knowledge even further.
Mrs Worsley also explained that the girls had been seated in two columns running the length of the hall: one allied with the Montagues, and one with the House of Capulet. The girls playfully jeered across the centre aisle at one another, and learned about the ultimate Elizabethan insult – biting your thumb at someone – which sparked the street brawl in the play.
The last few tickets for the Joint Production of Romeo and Juliet are still available to purchase from the Riley Centre Reception during morning break, and are priced at £5 per person (adult or child).
The Joint Production will take place in the Arts Centre from Wednesday 26th March to Saturday 29th March. More information about the show can be found here.
A preview of what’s in store from Bolton School’s musical Romeo and Juliet, taken from the Hesketh House assembly, can be viewed here.
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