We had a fantastic afternoon out on Wednesday afternoon to visit John Hampden Grammar School to watch their performance of ‘Barnum.’ Some of us were even lucky enough to have front row seats!
The production was about a man called Taylor Barnum who loves spectacle and excitement and introduces his circus acts in the tent. His wife Charity is unimpressed and urges him to get a job in a factory but he refuses! He enlists clowns in helping him to build a museum to house his circus attractions, one of which is Tom Thumb! During the play, he also becomes the manager of the famous Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind and ends up going on tour with her. He soon leaves the tour when he realises that his life without his wife is miserable and he promises to take a step back and go into politics instead. However, this is doomed to fail as people aren’t interested and Charity realises how important his circus is to him and so suggests that he injects some colour and life into his campaign! When his wife dies, James Anthony Bailey arrives and offers him the chance to join the circus to form the famous circus Barnum and Bailey. This comes just in time as he is dropped from politics!
We were very impressed with their American accents, singing and dancing! We were in giggles when Barnum couldn’t understand the Swedish lady, and we held our breaths when he slowly tightroped (and sang) across the stage! They also had superb props for their stage which made us feel like we were actually watching it in the west end! The actors and actresses were superb and an absolute asset to their schools; we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. Watching Barnum has made us very excited for our own production in the summer, the name of which will be revealed when we return from the residential to Dartmoor at the end of May!
Today we’ve had great fun creating our decorations. We made ourselves into elves and produced some beautiful christmas cards using tissue paper and watercolours. Of course, we were doing all of this whilst singing along to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies!
With the Christmas Fayre tomorrow, we couldn’t have had a better christmassy day!
Have a lovely weekend and hopefully see lots of you tomorrow.