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Photos

Below are links to the photos taken during the production

Wednesday Night

Thursday Night

Feel free to download the photos you want.  If you require higher resolution versions for printing to larger than A4 please email Mr Jackson (amjackson@educ.somerset.gov.uk)

Programme

Click here for a digital version of the programme - thanks for all the local companies and organisations who supported this.

 

Mrs Jackson also wrote a review of the production that will hopefully appear in the local newspapers.  This is below:

 

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL REVIEW
There can be no show more perfect for Wadham’s annual production than High School Musical – a fact affirmed by this year’s cast – huge in both number and talent – and the record ticket sales which gave us packed houses on all four nights and left disappointed only those who couldn’t get in. 
Magical theatrical moments are precious and difficult to achieve even for professionals yet this vibrant ensemble of students delivered time after time.  The vitality of the Cheerleaders (Tara Worledge, Courtney Brown, Mollie Fry, Becky Davies, Mia Hallett and Daisy Charles) who opened the show, inspired the whole cast and the choreography, led by Daisy, was a joy for the audience.  What better way to spend an evening than watching a committed team of ambitious and energised young people loving every minute of their demanding and at times breathtaking routines?   George Horgan’s victory dive, Tara’s acrobatics and of course the Jocks’ precision ball handling for  “Get ‘cha Head in the Game” left us gasping.
And what about Joey Phillips’ Worm throughout the Drama Club scene?  His total focus on physical control, his deadpan face and deliberately over-long wriggle to the exit won many hearts!  And what about Merlin Forsey’s slicked-back, all American radio host, Jack Scott, whose narration kept the tension building and whose repeated rapid exits showed excellent comic timing?  And Cameron Staines as Zeke Bayler?  His bouncy physicality made him an eye-catching Jock and made all the more lovable his toe-curling infatuation with the high and mighty Sharpay.  (They get together in the end of course!).  And Fiona Wyatt as Kelsi Neilsen?  She physically and subtley transforms herself as the action progresses, from bespectacled shrinking Nerd to bespectacled but courageous Creative.
The plot is well known to just about everyone who has been a child in the last 10 years – for the uninitiated it’s about teenage relationships that work out in the end – so it was the charge of leading couples Harry Dixon (playing Troy Bolton, both Jock and Thesp) and Jess Payne (Gabriella Montez -clever, shy  with a beautiful voice) and Molly Soo (Sharpay Evans, catty and controlling)  and George Horgan (Ryan , Sharpay’s brother equally catty but ultimately decent) to engage us in the story.  Harry and Jess focussed on the shared vulnerability of Troy and Gabriella to establish a touching and engaging first-love relationship.  Their captivating duet Breaking Free was a highlight - the voices were powerful, the kisses charming!  By contrast the brother /sister comedy duo of Sharpay and Ryan was hilarious.  What George gave us in exasperation and flounce at his sister’s scheming was equalled only by Molly’s pretentiousness, pomposity and deprecating put downs.  It is something of a sadness to note that these veterans of Wadham’s shows will leave Y13 this year – destination stellar, no doubt – and a delight to hear them singing together for us perhaps for the last time.
While there are many aspiring Troys and Sharpays, the adult roles for young actors could appear less attractive.  Not so for this cast.  Even in Y9, Grace Dean found the seriousness of voice to be Miss Tenny.  Lisa Shearman, bewigged and dowdy in her dress made Mrs Darbus a stereotypically arty Drama teacher and gave her the physical and vocal strength to challenge Coach Bolton played by Ollie Staples.  With the help of excellent hair and makeup design, Ollie’s cocky swagger made tense his relationship with son Troy and confrontational his encounters with Mrs Darbus.  Again of course, they all made up in the end.
The finale, was stunning as much for its visual impact as its lovely harmonies and “We’re All in This Together” message.  Against a backdrop of red school-corridor lockers, Charlotte Sneath’s costume designs gave every cast member an individualised personality-appropriate outfit along the red/white Wildcats theme, building, for the close of the show, a dazzling stage picture.
It is humbling to note that every member of this production team behind the scenes and in front of the audience has made their contribution in their free time.  The hours for mastering the basketball moves, learning the songs (there were 18!), hanging the curtains, installing the seating, fitting the dresses, sourcing the pompons, getting the mikes to work and the hair to stay up……… all these are squeezed in while real life goes on.  Director Kellie Simpson and her indefatigable crew once more has empowered a bigger group than ever to rise to a challenge, to overcome difficulties and to prioritise the goals of the team over those of individual.


What better life experience could there be?