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Friday, 25 March 2011
Bolton School pupils triumphed in the face of adversity with their stunning performance of Aristophanes' Greek Comedy 'The Frogs', despite the show nearly being ruined by a leaky radiator!
With less than a week to go until opening night, the drama studio was flooded overnight by the radiator, leaving some of the set and technical equipment damaged. Undeterred, the Maintenance team and staff got to work drying things out with dehumidifiers and repairing and replacing the scenery, and the show could go on!
Pupils from Year 7 to the final year of Sixth Form, along with many teachers, have been involved in making the joint production a huge success. The 26 cast members have been rehearsing for months and have been ably supported by other pupils and teachers involved in designing the authentic and brilliantly coloured costumes and stage sets, and with music and lighting to set the scene.
Teacher Mr Phil Challinor could not praise the students highly enough: "We were genuinely spoilt for choice in picking our cast for this production from the girls and boys at Bolton School, and have been hugely impressed by the talent and interpretative skills of those we finally chose. They have shown a real talent and flair for comedy, both physical and verbal, and have contributed masses of ideas themselves, really getting into the spirit of democracy, which is of course very fitting! The students' ability to learn what is at times a difficult script, as well as coping with their GCSE's and A Levels, has been incredible, and we hope they have gained valuable experiences from their involvement with the production. Working in Greek Comedy is a humbling experience for any actor, since all egos and any hope of dignity must be left firmly backstage. What a sacrifice our girls and boys have made for their audience's amusement!"
The production is being staged in the Girls' Division Theatre over three evenings (24-26 March).
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