Pupils of a Banbury school are putting the finishing touches to a stage spectacular based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories.
Banbury Academy’s production of Through the Looking Glass follows last year’s sellout success, The Lion King. The students along, with the school’s performing arts department, have been hard at work perfecting the catchy songs and exciting direction for the show which opens on Wednesday and runs until Saturday.
Thirty talented youngsters from years 7 - 13 make up the musical’s cast. The company has been working hard over the last three months in rehearsals, perfecting their acting, singing and dancing.
This year, the performing arts department has worked to ensure the production is a community event. Banbury costume supplier, Wacky Wardrobe, is providing all the costumes while Banbury Operatic Society – who will be performing Monty Python’s Spamalotat the school in October – have supplied the show with set and technical equipment free of charge. The cast has also worked with a number of different production team members to give the show a unique and exciting feel.
Ben Coleman and Abigail Turkmore, the academy’s drama teachers, have teamed up to co-direct this year’s musical. “After the success of last year’s production we were excited to give the students an exciting new challenge,” said Mr Coleman. “The Performing Arts department has undertaken some ambitious and well received musicals in the past few years such as Billy Elliot, We Will Rock You and The Lion King and we are excited to add Through The Looking Glass to that list.
“The students have worked incredibly hard to create another exciting musical and their talent is a true testament to the talent at Banbury Academy as well as the town’s dedication and love of the arts.”
The story follows Alice as she is pulled ‘Through The Looking Glass’ into Wonderland. There she finds all is not well and the evil Red Queen has seized control of the chess board.
With the help of the White Knight, she must restore balance to Wonderland while facing untold dangers such as the terrifying Jabberwock and the Queen’s vicious Momeraths.
Student Luke Wetherill, who has just been accepted onto a prestigious acting course at Oxford School of Drama, said: “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to play the role of the Red King in my last year at Banbury Academy.”
“My love for performing and acting came from being cast as the lead in We Will Rock You three years ago and I cannot thank the performing arts department enough for their incomparable hard work and faith in me. Through The Looking Glass is a fantastic way for me to end my seven years at the school.”
The production takes place at Wykham Theatre at Banbury Academy and runs from Wednesday - Saturday, July 2 at 7.30pm, as well as a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/banburyacademy or from the Banbury Academy website priced £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. Alternatively, contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org