December 12, 2020

A Christmas Carol

On Monday 7th December, our Lower Sixth thespians and phenomenal Fryer’s premiered their production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Presented as filmed theatre, clever use of lighting, sound, set and effects portrayed a sinister retelling of the classic tale from Dickens. Nevertheless, the story’s ultimate message of Scrooge’s final redemption and a celebration of kindness, was enjoyed by audiences far and wide.

Frontman, Harry, reflected, “I am truly appreciative to have had the opportunity to play Scrooge, I have not performed any drama since Year 9 and have loved stepping back into the Drama Studio. I am by no means an experienced actor and in fact had to be peer pressured into taking part in the production! However, I’m truly glad that they persuaded me as it was a tremendous experience to be a part of.”

He continued “The co-curricular programme at Leighton Park has given me the opportunity to take part in projects that are truly out of my comfort zone. I can say without doubt that these opportunities have supported my learning alongside my academic studies.”

Fellow actress, Nic, commented “I chose to do the play alongside my A Levels as it was a chance to spend time and have fun with my friends. Given the current year we have had it was nice to come together as a group and work towards a common goal.”

Directed and produced by Head of Drama, Peter Scoggins, the festive celebration was created exclusively during Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes in the Autumn Term; a feat for any seasoned dramatist or director.

Despite limitations presented by year group bubbles, the team were able to adapt to circumstances and still collaborate with Year 8 actors, Jacob and Rafe, through individual filming. Jacob reflected “I really enjoyed doing this and it was even harder with Covid-19. But I would happily continue with drama and I would do even more of these!”

One parent enthused, “[My daughter] had so much fun doing this and Peter has clearly gone to a huge amount of trouble to get it on despite all the Covid challenges. Would have been so easy not to bother, but yet again LP goes the extra mile.”

Another echoed, “Your job must have been particularly difficult during this pandemic, and it was lovely to see such a polished performance – congratulations.”

Natasha Coccia, Assistant Head: Co-Curricular and Outreach praised “It is brilliant. I cannot believe what you have done single-handedly to get this together. From the costumes and make up through to props, sound and lighting – it is really atmospheric and something students can now keep forever.”

Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, added “Enjoyed it hugely, I am so impressed. The performances are wonderful and I’m so glad all the tutor groups have had time to watch together – it reminds me how important these performances are in inspiring the school community, and budding actors. Thank you so much for the time it must have taken you to put the finishing touches to such a high-quality production – a real celebration of your energy and innovation, and a testament to what has been achieved in these challenging months!”

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