Pupils at Sibford School will be reaching for the sky in February when they perform their own adaptation of the musical Cabaret.
The production, which will run for three nights, features 45 cast members … two of whom will be performing on trapeze.
Explained Sibford’s Head of Drama Neil Madden: “The original version of Cabaret featured several risqué acts and themes which would not be appropriate for a school production. We have therefore edited the script but wanted to introduce our own WOW factor, so when I discovered that two of our pupils were experienced in circus skills the trapeze was an obvious solution.”
Set in 1930s Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, the Sibford production of Cabaret is also being used to create a greater focus on the plight of the Jews.
“We have introduced excepts from the Diary of Anne Frank in the production and also scenes from the GCSE Drama text, Arbeit Macht Frei, which is based on the Holocaust” said Neil.
“This is a very ambitious performance and the pupils have really stepped up to the mark. It is going to be brilliant.”
The audience will immediately feel part of the atmosphere as seating will be around nightclub style tables and the ticket price includes a drink and canapés, produced by Sibford’s own catering team.
Meanwhile, art students have been involved in the design of costumes, props and scenery for the production.
Textiles teacher, Emma Sutcliffe, said: “The studio has been awash with feathers, sequins and tassels … the students have had great fun coming up with their own take on the fashions of the flapper era.”
Cabaret will take place on February 7th 8th and 9th Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for concessions (18s & under plus over 60s) inclusive of refreshments and are available from the school and www.skiddle.co.uk. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are also available at a cost of £30.
Pictured: Year 9 pupil Althea in rehearsal on the trapeze.