More than 90 students at Redmaids’ High School took to the stage for their three-night run of the classic, Singin’ in the Rain.
Conceived as a musical movie in 1952 starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of a 1920s film company making the transition from silent movies to “talkies” .
The school’s all-female cast from Years 8-13 encapsulated the personalities of their characters perfectly. The leads were supported by their ensemble cast; filling minor roles, creating crowd scenes and coming together for spectacular choreography.
The production was choreographed by Angelina and Olivia, who also took on the lead role of Don. The cast were supported by the 20-strong orchestra.
For the show’s titular song, there was rain. Real rain. It streamed down on Don and washed away everything but the here and now for the audience. Blue washlight reflected in the water, adding to the magic in a Disney-like effect. The rain had a reprise at the end of Act 2 as well, bouncing off the fluorescent yellow mackintoshes of the entire cast.
The final curtain call was met with cheers and a standing ovation. For Olivia, credited by her fellow performers as the lead both on and off stage – encouraging, determined and inspirational – this was her final show: she will leave Redmaids’ High after her A Levels in July to begin her career at drama school in September.
Head, Paul Dwyer said: “Hours of planning and preparation by staff and students went into making the show an absolute triumph. We have been bowled over by kind words and praise for Singin’ in the Rain. It has been a true showcase of the talents of our students, and the hard work and support from staff.”