" Practically perfect in every way, 5* "
In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!
It was very apparent that as well as a huge amount of work, the LCA cast had certainly encountered a lot of fun along the way this year. Once again, the LCA annual performance did not disappoint. ‘Mary Poppins Junior’ included all that was needed for a wonderful production. At a time when lives are busy, exchanges brief and interactions often fleeting, this production was wholesome; nostalgic and uplifting. As Poppins herself would say, ‘Practically perfect in every way!’ Miss Feely’s casting meant students from all years were given a chance to shine in fabulous costumes and with huge energy. The staging of ensemble pieces saw some beautiful theatrical moments with miniature kites encircling the audience. Brechtian touches saw freezeframes, still images and the removal of the fourth wall with cast members within the audience. Perhaps most impressive of all , were the transitions between scenes which were pacey and seamless. These aspects combined to provide a professionalism and a united cast and backstage crew. The production showcased the wonderful talent we have, whilst demonstrating the rather exacting standards we have come to expect from the Drama Department! The performance was punctuated with life lessons and some enormously uplifting messages. A particular favourite of mine, delivered in Shania’s flawless performance of ‘Anything can happen’, chimes with what we are about at Lincoln Castle Academy:
‘Open different doors. You may find a you there that you never knew was yours.’
Well done to all involved, we’re incredibly proud of you.
Playing a Blinder
Whilst I had the pleasure of watching a real mix of students perform their heart out last night, it should be noted that this process begins some time earlier than the two days where the polished production takes place to the delight of all paying spectators. As a champion of our students being heralded as real ambassadors for LCA and our surrounding community, I was lucky to witness the team rehearsing, from day one and the initial viewing of the film, through the ups and downs of learning a new role and ‘becoming’ a new character, to becoming fully-fledged actors in the final production. Needless to say they did not let us down. From stage hands to singers, learners to leads, every one of the performers and supporting staff and students, to borrow a footballing analogy, played a blinder.
The unrivalled tenacity of those who may have found this first foray into performing in front of people really tough, the continual patience of the ‘old hands’ in allowing those beginners’ mistakes to occur then coaching them through to a more confident performance, and the exquisite demonstration of refined skills for those actors following drama examination courses, whose professionalism throughout has been palpable and commendable; how those leaving us will be missed. Yet I am heartened that this ever-growing troupe of performers, whom it is rumoured will soon be reunited with some of our alumni who bedazzled audiences of the past, have the character, bravery and resilience to rise to the challenge of whatever their director, and our colleague, introduces them to next.
Miss Feely, take a bow; your students, and in turn yourself, have done us proud. Here is to the next performance, and remember, in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun; anything can happen if you let it.
"Students were that fantastic it makes me happy the future is secure."
"I was moved almost to tears by the end."
"A magnificent performance! There was never a dull moment. The choreography, the comic timing, the wonderful set changes, the incredible direction – the sum of all parts all add up an astounding and outstanding production. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would."
Another year another show, this year we bring you 'Mary Poppins'! I am delighted this year to welcome a whole host of brand new faces in addition to some familiar ones who have become part and parcel of production. Having been a nanny the story of 'Mary Poppins' in one that is very close to my heart. I have loved sharing this beautiful story with the cast of the importance of family, the way we perceive others and how magic can be found in the most unlikely of places!
We are delighted to welcome back two stalwarts of the drama department Mr Theaker and Lauren Tonks. Having both left the Academy in 2014 they have both returned to support the drama department as Assistant Directors. They have been a fantastic support to me when production has had to run without Mrs Lane and Mrs Lill; these talented ladies have still been doing wonderful things behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the show and for that I am eternally grateful! A huge thanks to Mrs Noble for taking the reins of Musical Director this year.
I love a lyric that means something and this year the words from 'Anything Can Happen' is especially fitting for our 6 form leavers Shania, Remi and Beth, three incredible young women who I have had the absolute pleasure of both teaching and working alongside for the past seven years. I have been honoured to watch Shania grow in age and grace from a shy 11 year old girl to the confident young woman she is today, Beth is a marvellous individual who willingly takes on any challenge she is given and a special mention to Remi as the only student who has been in every single production since Year 7 (a fine example of diligence and perseverance). They have been the bedrock of past productions and have always conducted themselves in an exemplary manner in production, displaying all the positive virtues we expect in an LCA student. They will be terribly missed by all cast members but are leaving a legacy behind them for future students to aspire to. Another long serving member is also leaving us for pastures new, I wish Albert the very best in his new venture and thank him for always bringing a smile to our faces during rehearsals. He is leaving us earlier than we had anticipated and there will be an Albert shaped hole where he once was on stage!
My final words are for Shania, Remi, Beth and Albert:
“Anything can happen if you let it, life is out there waiting so go and get it!
Grab it by the collar; seize it by the scruff, once you've started living life you just can't get enough!
Anything can happen it's official, you can choose the super or the superficial.
Sally forth the way we're steering, obstacles start disappearing.
Go and chase your dreams you won't regret it, anything can happen if you let it!”