Awards Moderator HarmonicGenerator Posted May 30, 2017 Awards Moderator Share Posted May 30, 2017 Anybody got any memories from their school days of being involved in the annual extravaganza that was a school play or musical? Performing, being 'backstage', scandals and stuff. I've got vague memories of Nativities and that kind of thing from first school, but the stuff that sticks out are having to learn a tango for 'Mrs Claus To The Rescue', the production of 'Cinderella' where Prince Charming left the glass slipper in the classroom where we all had to get changed (my first improv moment was the stalling until he found it) and our school leavers day in Year 4 where the class was split up and each group made a little play. I remember my friend John, who was the literate one of the class because he'd read Sherlock Holmes, created a mystery called 'The Missing Scotland Yard' which went right over my head. My group did 'Peter and the Pan', a subtle fairytale subversion where Peter Pan got a pan stuck on his head. Music was provided for that by a girl who went on to be in Glasgow band Admiral Fallow. So we had talent. Middle school was where stuff got professional. Year 6 was 'Alice in Wonderland' that had what 10 year old me considered massive production values. I was the Lory, which I think was pronounced like 'Laurie', so I decided to do it with my best Hugh Laurie in Blackadder impression. Don't remember a lot about it beyond my bit (the Caucus Race, which any English undergraduate will tell you is the most symbolically resonant of the original novel, obviously) except for the fact the guy who played the Caterpillar was also on the Year 8 football team and his being in the play was a big deal. Bit like the episode of Arrested Development where STEVE HOLT is in Romeo and Juliet. Anyway, year 7 brought a new music teacher, Miss Cockram (actual name, yet not one which many adolescent brains used to its full hilarious effect) and with her came the confidence that the school could do musicals (we couldn't). She gave it a bloody good go though, starting with 'Bugsy Malone'. I read for it, got a part, rented the film from the video shop to see who I was going to be, discovered it was this fat fuck: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mVZmW59AAgw/maxresdefault.jpg LEROY. I was a tubby bastard in middle school so I took this as a personal affront. I couldn't be any other part? I had to be the short-sighted fat sidekick? Fuck that, Miss Cockram, I'm out. I walked. This meant the next year when they did 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', I was never going to be in the running for anything, so ended up with what was basically a cameo as a Hairy Ishmaelite. Bloody weird show, was our middle school production of 'Joseph'. Joseph himself was played by a bloke called David who was going through puberty at the time and each song carried a high risk of his voice breaking partway through. 'Close Every Door' swung on a knife edge from night to night. Miss Cockram also saw fit to add two additional narrators played by two guys in my year dressed in drag, and added a scene where two 13 year olds playing Potiphar's bodyguards did a strip to 'Hot Stuff'. Also the Blues Brothers were in it. So, for the young actors among you, let's hear it. What do you remember about school plays? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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