Pupils at Dunottar School are already known for their Warrior Learning but this term they have taken Education with Character even further with their production of Oliver.
More pupils than ever have been involved in the whole school production giving everyone a chance to be involved in the performing arts, either on stage or behind the scenes.
Directed by Tarani Jago and musical director Emily Pettet, pupils from Years 7-11 performed the musical, based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, to a packed hall of pupils, parents and teachers.
With music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, the performance successfully recreated the pathos and drama of the orphan Oliver’s life. The band of students and professional musicians delivered outstanding musical performances, which ranged from ‘It’s a Fine Life’ to ‘Food Glorious Food’.
There were convincing performances from all the cast, including Frankie Burgess, who played the innocent Oliver, and Ben Maddocks, whose performance of the criminal Fagan rivalled that of Ron Moody in the original 1968 film.
Musical Director Emily Pettet said:
“Many of our pupils are new to the stage this year, and we commend them for stepping outside their comfort zones and trying something new; they have learnt skills for life and made memories of a time that they will look back on fondly for years to come.”
Director Tarani Jago added:
“The whole school musical is an opportunity for the entire school community to come together and share this marvelous experience. I would like to thank the whole Dunottar community for their support and help.”
Dunottar School’s Headmaster, Mark Tottman, said:
“I’m a strong believer that school plays and productions are the ideal opportunity to give every pupil the chance to get to love theatre or performance. If children don’t get the chance to perform at school, it will pass many of them by. When you read the biographies of successful actors and actresses it is often a talent that only unveils itself when they are given the chance to take part in a school show.
“And it’s equally important that we give pupils the chance to learn wider creative skills through a production like this. There is nothing like a stage show to perfect organisational skills, timing, team-working and resilience. I’d like to congratulate everyone at Dunottar who has been part of the production. It’s great that, as a school family, we can all come together to enjoy events that so many of our young people and staff are involved in.”