Modern day Dream’s musical touch
PUBLISHED: 17:19 12 July 2012
»Students from The Royal Liberty School in Romford will be staging a modern production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday.
Starting at 7pm, the production is set outdoors in the school’s picturesque courtyard and the storyline has been adapted by year 11 student, Joseph Watch and head of drama, Suzanne Newman, and will be acted out by GCSE drama students.
The story begins when Theseus, Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, with a festival of pomp and entertainment. He commissions his Master of the Revels to find amusements for the occasion.
Egeus, an Athenian nobleman, marches into Theseus’s court with his daughter, Hermia, and two young men, Demetrius and Lysander. Egeus wishes Hermia to marry Demetrius (who loves Hermia), but Hermia is in love with Lysander and refuses to comply.
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As the story unfolds, around 60 of the school’s musicians will enhance the performance with a diverse range of well-known popular songs including Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die, Bob Marley’s Don’t Worry Be Happy, and We are Young by American band, Fun. There will also be snippets from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker.
Head of music, Diana Russell said: “Since joining Royal Liberty in September, I have been blown away by how talented and hard-working our students are. We are so proud of what they have achieved so let’s hope the rain doesn’t spoil our fun.”
The concert is for The Bobby Moore Cancer Trust, which raises money for bowel cancer. Some of the money will help fund future productions.
There will be a raffle and the year 10 GCSE catering group will also be working with teacher Nada Buadi throughout the day to prepare treats for the audience to buy at the interval.
Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children from the school on 01708 730 141.