A Knight to Remember!

Knights, kings and comedy!

Barton Peveril’s Performing Arts talents have performed in four fabulous evenings of entertainment, showcasing the quintessential British comedy Spamalot. These remarkable performances happened between 28th February and 2nd March after only six months of starting the sixth form college’s Performing Arts: Musical Theatre course.

The production featured not one but two casts, known as Monty and Python. Each cast brought their own unique flair and interpretation to the stage, adding a new dimension to an already vibrant performance.

In Barton Peveril’s Rose Theatre, audiences were captivated as more than 700 attendees were treated to evenings of musical brilliance. They wowed the audience with a musical and visual spectacle that included a larger-than-life wooden rabbit, can-can dancers, the Knights who say Ni, and the infamous Holy Grail.

This challenging musical was packed with dance numbers using a range of styles, from salsa to tap, and songs ranging from ballads to upbeat gospel-inspired group numbers.

It was brilliant to see how fantastically our students performed such a comedic show and to hear how much our audiences loved it! We are very proud of our performers and our incredibly talented students, the Pit Band and Stage Crew, who are also made up of students participating through enrichment activities Drama Stage Crew and Music: Pit Band. Thank you to all who supported the show, and well done and congratulations to everyone involved.

Lisa Fernandez-Adams, Subject Leader for Musical Theatre at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Spamalot cast members reflect on their adrenaline-filled performances: 

Absolutely amazing time being a part of this hilarious rollercoaster of a show! So grateful that I got to share it with this cohort of incredible performers and friends!

Jake McDonald,  who played King Arthur in the Python Cast. Jake studies Popular Music Performance and Performing Arts: Musical Theatre. 

Spamalot was such an incredible show to be a part of and the whole experience from start to finish was nothing but enjoyable and I will never forget it! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges that this fun, comedic musical brought to the stage, and it was so interesting and rewarding performing a style of theatre that I have never worked with before, and I loved every second. It was such a fantastic show and I am so very grateful for the opportunity to have played such a hilarious and loveable character.

Scarlett Rixon, who played Patsy in the Python Cast. Scarlett studies Criminology and Performing Arts: Musical Theatre.

A truly incredible experience, I have learnt so much and feel that my confidence, as a performer, has grown immensely. I have loved performing with such a talented cast, and working with the amazing creative team has been such an honour. A show I will never forget!

Chloe Ford, student who played Lady of the Lake in the Monty Cast. Chloe studies English Literature and Performing Arts: Musical Theatre.

Spamalot was a musical I was unfamiliar with yet I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was. Sir Robin was a complex character but was also great fun to portray as I got to sing, dance and act.

Lois Ryan who played Sir Robin in the Monty Cast. Lois studies Criminology and Performing Arts: Musical Theatre. 

A review from an audience member:

On Saturday, my husband and I went to watch the Spamalot production, and we were not disappointed. An explosion of live music, colours, over-the-top characters and laughter. The performers did themselves proud. You could see that they were having fun but took the performance seriously and carried the narrative really well. So much talent there! It is very easy to forget that these performers are only 17-18 years old. But that could not have happened without the brilliant team of teachers and people behind the scenes. So thank you to everybody involved for providing us with a brilliant night of entertainment. If you have never seen a college production before and fancy a night out, I would thoroughly recommend looking out for an announcement of the next production.

Dominique Latru, audience member and Subject Leader for French at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

The Performing Arts Department puts on eagerly anticipated productions throughout the academic year. Some recent productions include the Spring Chamber Music Concert, the Tempest and Romeo & Juliet. The Performing Arts Department continue to create immersive experiences, wowing each audience by showcasing such a wide variety of talent. The next Musical presented by our Musical Theatre students is A Chorus Line, at The Rose Theatre Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th April 2024.

For more information about Performing Arts at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, please visit https://barton-peveril.ac.uk/blog/category/performing-arts/ .

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